On the Pratas Islands, Taiwan.

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Having a look at Dongsha and it seems that the airstrip is getting a face lift. Mounds of what look like gravel, perhaps for some bedrock base.

A handy little prize for Emporer Xi, but a tricky one if Taiwan are serious about defending it.

Any ideas?

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Interesting, on closer inspection it looks like the entire place may be getting a 'face lift'.

A new runway surface and new buildings, and looks like a possible supply of rocks for runway repair. Rocks plus quick dry concrete can have a runway back in about 12 to 18 hours.

I await the signs of missile sites to deter the invaders. Maybe dredging near the two piers to the south.

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Having a look at Dongsha and it seems that the airstrip is getting a face lift. Mounds of what look like gravel, perhaps for some bedrock base.

A handy little prize for Emporer Xi, but a tricky one if Taiwan are serious about defending it.

Any ideas?

OC
"Landing missions have been regular training subjects of the PLA. Island takeover trainings like these are literally aimed at islands, like the Dongsha Islands, Penghu Islands and the larger island, namely Taiwan Island. If Taiwan secessionists insist on secession, military exercises can turn into action any time," Song said.
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great place to base base you're right whoever gets it.
 

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Taking Pratas island would be a bit tricky. Surrounded by coral reefs and poor tides a water borne invasion may well come unstuck.

A paratroop attack would be a sitting duck for a bunch of Sky Bow/Stinger missiles and the 20x copies of the Y-20 would be lucky to deliver any dry troops. A lot of water and not much land to aim at from a couple of 1000'.

Imagine Emporer Xi loss of face it it all failed.

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...and that Global Times piece is from MAY 2020. Not much progress so far.

More talk little action.

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Having a look at Dongsha and it seems that the airstrip is getting a face lift. Mounds of what look like gravel, perhaps for some bedrock base.

A handy little prize for Emporer Xi, but a tricky one if Taiwan are serious about defending it.

Any ideas?

OC
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