Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

  • に公開 2017/02/17
  • China claims they aren't military bases, but their actions say otherwise.
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    China is building islands in the South China sea and its causing disputes among the other nations in the region; Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The US has many allies in the region and uses its massive Navy to patrol international waters, keeping shipping lanes open for trade
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  • Tony Chen
    Tony Chen 3 時間 前

    Do not include Taiwan into China !!
    The biggest and only one with nature fresh water source in those spratly islands is belong to Taiwan 🇹🇼 since end of WW2.
    This video contains incorrect information. Viewer should be advised.

  • jointscript
    jointscript 4 時間 前

    So what, if China can build islands in a sea, they deserve it

  • Shane Jackson
    Shane Jackson 5 時間 前

    What people forget is that China used to pwn these islands until the British and Japanese took them of them, followed by other countries. In the Boxer Rebellion, the British, Japanese and Americans stopped it worth force. And now China is using them as a buffer against any aggression from the US. Remember, America has over 800 bases around the world.

  • We are 摸金校尉 you know? Who I am. Who he is

    why is the us spying on Chinese island in Chinese waters. Why, cuz Chinese can’t build its island in it own land? Such a joke

  • phan Nguyen
    phan Nguyen 6 時間 前

    Trổng thông obama là thằng nhu nhược dốc im lặn cho t quốc xây đảo

  • Vladimir Thanos
    Vladimir Thanos 10 時間 前

    *Build the island and attack the philippines*

  • Branuelo Perla
    Branuelo Perla 10 時間 前

    it may spark revolts war and nato or other may help this may start world war three

  • Branuelo Perla
    Branuelo Perla 10 時間 前

    The news said in my Country said the nine dash lines are inaccurate and un said my country won in law

  • ekim andersom
    ekim andersom 11 時間 前

    The US is nothing better then them, actually the us is worse, i never seen China invade other country’s.

  • Elizabeth Gordon
    Elizabeth Gordon 12 時間 前

    Dude i dont believe that this issue will resolve peacefully . It will end up in a bloodly conflict . In south east asia . This chinese evil regime must stop because this is not the only issue why china is evil in tibet they controlled the water supply in laos cambodia vietnam and thailand by building dams the result of this evil plans the country suffered in severe drought they will time for some reconing china you must be destroyed and bring you back in ancient times .

  • farul ozzy
    farul ozzy 12 時間 前

    China is greedy

  • Znel San Jose
    Znel San Jose 13 時間 前

    Aliens are happy humanity will soon end and they will take over when world military is weak.not even China will survive.not even one human will remain.a new human species will take this world..for the past humans only knows nothing but war

  • Thelma Lynne
    Thelma Lynne 13 時間 前

    It belongs to China.The South China sea.Korea,Vietnam, and Japan are originally from China..

    • chevalier
      chevalier 10 時間 前

      I'm not saying that China should never ever have that islands. After all there are some unique cases regarding the EEZ. It's just that their tactics are appalling to watch.
      The rules are there and if you want to make some exceptions you have to negotiate with everyone involved.

    • chevalier
      chevalier 10 時間 前

      Thelma Lynne
      Africa because that's where we came from according to the evolution theory. I'm talking about the Exclusive Economic Zone which has been accepted by UN. It's not America's right to tell China to back off but it's the whole world's right. We have accepted the rule and anyone who try to break it should be ready to receive the consequences.

    • Thelma Lynne
      Thelma Lynne 11 時間 前

      @chevalier You do know that America is stolen property do you not.They stand on the moral low ground.What right do they have to tell the Chinese they can not build islands in the China sea? Whos rules are you talking about?Please do not say the American rules..

    • Thelma Lynne
      Thelma Lynne 11 時間 前

      @chevalier Why Africa?

  • Solrac Serolf
    Solrac Serolf 21 時間 前

    Don't mess with China

  • stachowi
    stachowi 日 前 +1

    China (Xi) will only understand one thing... being attacked.

  • stachowi
    stachowi 日 前 +1

    How does the west do ANY business with China... they're being run by a dictator that thinks he's untouchable.

    • joe dirt
      joe dirt 19 時間 前

      Globalism. The world doesn't benifit when trade is limited to certain nations. If America didn't do trade with China the whole global economy would collapse and there would be a great depression and the world as we know it would decend into civil war and nations would begin to fall and nukes would makes its way into the hands of rebels .

  • Ten Minute Tokyo 2

    World conquest of course. Wake up world.

  • Smiling Sword
    Smiling Sword 日 前 +2

    I hope every Filipino could watch this, it is part of China Trillion Dollar Project, resistance is futile in the West Philippines Sea, even the U.S. wouldn't risk a WW3 by sending ships there. The only thing the Philippines do is be neutral.

    • stachowi
      stachowi 日 前

      China (Xi) is the world's biggest threat to peace and freedom. Xi must go.

  • Jason
    Jason 日 前

    please nuke china

  • Alan Correa
    Alan Correa 日 前

    The U.S. should just use H.A.R.P. to create a tsunami and wipe out those islands

    • joe dirt
      joe dirt 19 時間 前

      Lol that stuff is make believe

  • Paul Pem
    Paul Pem 日 前

    How dose one bulid an island?

  • Lucky Yiw
    Lucky Yiw 日 前 +2

    the whole south China sea belongs to China. full stop. All the islands and reefs taken
    by the colonial powers - british, french, u.s in south China sea got to return to China
    as agreed between China and u.s. witnessed by Russia after WW2.

  • Jin Wong
    Jin Wong 日 前

    South China Sea belongs to China.

  • Togu Pasrib
    Togu Pasrib 日 前 +4

    This is the way China claiming entire that sea.

  • ashupashu
    ashupashu 日 前

    Let me guess: Population density decresation/decrease/fallujah, Iraq,..//:


    Wish I had one

  • Choong Zhen Yang

    Let me say 1 thing who is the potato cause china to so call invade the island we as Malaysian don't really care until ur Muricans ships kept on swimming on our. water

  • george reeves
    george reeves 日 前

    Kung hindi lang pinag nananakaw ng pulitiko ang pera ng mamamayan baka malakas na ang mga gamit militar ng pilipinas.

  • Kris Ea
    Kris Ea 日 前

    What China doing is totally wrong. Why do they occupy International Sea Zone and claims. Why did they construct artificial islands and threat all neighbouring Small countries like Phillipines, Vietnam, etc.

  • ByChristopher Ewing

    America would just rape and pillage existing islands. And say they discovered them. Pot calls kettle black.

  • Kan Ding
    Kan Ding 日 前 +3

    Do you remember that Chinese media report on US military stations around the world? Me neither

  • شمويل بن دنغو الخالد الكرتى

    they are building these islands in order to grow cockrosches there and then eat them with pleasure. imho.

  • Paul Walnuts
    Paul Walnuts 2 日 前

    Beware of China

  • Llemar
    Llemar 2 日 前 +1

    *west philippine sea

  • Madmonkeyitch
    Madmonkeyitch 2 日 前

    they spread like the plague.

  • Delfino
    Delfino 2 日 前

    America belongs to China!

  • Dallas Boring News
    Dallas Boring News 2 日 前

    Great story. 4/10

  • gogu gogu
    gogu gogu 2 日 前

    Im happy in build island

  • mrblurblur2003
    mrblurblur2003 2 日 前

    It would be better for Philippines to dump their useless ally America and work with China as Asians. US is not an ally to be trusted, they only lead you to war so you can purchase their outdated weapons they dump o you.

  • Kiyaw Loro
    Kiyaw Loro 2 日 前

    Whatever build there...whatever they do...still remain still Philippines ASEAN territory...period.

    • Prokaryotic Flagella
      Prokaryotic Flagella 日 前

      Kiyaw Loro Malaysian here, I genuinely think that we as ASEAN country need to stand strong together as a whole, not some separate bunch of small country trying to oppose China.

  • emjay macdee
    emjay macdee 2 日 前

    South Chingchong Sea doesn't claim West Philippine sea

  • Rimmi Peepsicles
    Rimmi Peepsicles 2 日 前 +12

    And a few days earlier, a Philippine fishing vessel was rammed by a Chinese ship. The Filipino boat sank, and it's crew rescued by the Vietnamese. It is the latest in a series of incidents involving ship rammings. I have no idea about anyone's opinions on these types of incidents but I think China is trying to act like the Soviets again.

  • Clark Hui
    Clark Hui 2 日 前 +1


  • John Smith
    John Smith 2 日 前


  • G onesy
    G onesy 2 日 前

    It's called south China sea! Why do you think it's called that???? And the video also explained that because of the invasion of Japan, China lost it once. But remember Japan lost the war, China won, and at that time China already got it back. But China was too poor and weak after all those invasions by Japan, UK, US, France, Germany... So the west made all the rules. But that's not fair for China.That's their sea, you can just take it from China just because you countries established some organisitions and made some rules.

  • Rob Grant
    Rob Grant 2 日 前

    Because Sea Level Rise is BS
    Just ask Bill Nye in his Washington Island Home

  • 台独是傻逼
    台独是傻逼 2 日 前


  • Rman hoss
    Rman hoss 3 日 前

    I hope everyone knows about the number of US bases surrounding that area too! China is a superpower now and they will make their surrounding safe! I am not Chinese but isn’t that common sense!

  • Emili Scanty
    Emili Scanty 3 日 前

    Which is why I am fully in support of Trump. Trump will humble China. Mark my word!

  • Ivko Krajina
    Ivko Krajina 3 日 前

    usa want that piece for oil not for something else

  • Ivko Krajina
    Ivko Krajina 3 日 前

    ooo love china, fk usa

  • giacomo franzot
    giacomo franzot 3 日 前 +2

    Why US is all the time in the middle of everything?
    do we still have the UNSC?

    • giacomo franzot
      giacomo franzot 15 時間 前

      Delfino Who nominated the USA as a world cop?
      and how can trust to Americans cops?

    • giacomo franzot
      giacomo franzot 15 時間 前 +1

      MotorcycleMan that UNSC is a joke because is not functioning it is clear to everyone!
      the 'veto' is used criminally to all the five!!!

    • MotorcycleMan
      MotorcycleMan 日 前 +1

      The UNSC is a joke and always has been. China sits on it and has veto power. Close down the UN and save the taxpayer some money.

    • Delfino
      Delfino 2 日 前

      The us is world cop

  • ICE Starboy
    ICE Starboy 3 日 前 +2

    Imagine if the US just ignored this...China would’ve bullied all the other countries into submission. We are doomed if China every becomes more powerful than the US

  • r.maditya sashank
    r.maditya sashank 3 日 前

    God father gave that Property to USA ...
    Why USA involves in every matter

  • Chris La Torre
    Chris La Torre 3 日 前

    China own Earth

  • CJ Pimpsy
    CJ Pimpsy 3 日 前

    sorry when i comment this negative. what if the china is the powerful now than US... US can't save Philippines? Philippines is a friendly but defended country. I hope no World War III in SEA Region. Keep Defend Philippines and the other country defend against China 🙏


    filipino getting angry

  • gary marasigan
    gary marasigan 3 日 前

    All this conflict needs is one US patrol boat sunk. And it will be World War C.... i mean 3...

  • LoveAmong us
    LoveAmong us 3 日 前 +1

    A lesson for us, Trade war is the war for US to Win or to be destroy, China push US in a position have to start the Trade War,

  • Mapping Mapper
    Mapping Mapper 4 日 前 +2

    0:55 I'd love to see her naked.

  • Tom Young
    Tom Young 4 日 前

    The American invaders run home every day, can't people arrange weapons to defend themselves?

  • 黃心甫
    黃心甫 4 日 前

    Taiwan is not part of PRC!

  • Isaac Aversano
    Isaac Aversano 4 日 前 +1

    Why can't everyone just pick a freaking spot and chill out :/
    This planet has seen enough. We need to evolve and begin to explore the stars, as a unified race. This is so boring.

  • Chesire Cat Wonder
    Chesire Cat Wonder 4 日 前

    China will be the only super power in next decade, no second. They work on a very high speed. Western countries are too lazy.

  • 楊哲瑋
    楊哲瑋 4 日 前

    The actual control area of the CCP does not include Taiwan! Taiwan is an ally of the United States. Taiwan also controls the largest natural island in the South China Sea - Taiping Island

  • Phoenixus
    Phoenixus 4 日 前 +3

    Excuse me, the West Philippine Sea*

  • Vince Brown
    Vince Brown 4 日 前

    China is interesting to say the least

  • ScienceWorld Maker
    ScienceWorld Maker 4 日 前 +1

    EEZ : *Exists*
    China :


  • natureboy tom
    natureboy tom 4 日 前

    Sure 10% of the world """POLLUTED0""" Fisheries . CHINA is an extremely arrogant pugnacious government. THEY WILL FALL.

  • Raffy Climaco
    Raffy Climaco 4 日 前

    The Kalayaan Group of Islands, under the Philippine West Sea

  • paul roberts
    paul roberts 4 日 前

    So what if there building islands, if they feel the need its there work, mind our own buisness

  • mOejOe33
    mOejOe33 4 日 前

    Obama's tactic on doing nothing in the SCS worked out really well here. He also did nothing with Crimea and Syria.
    North Korea has completed their testing and is now fully mission capable with their nukes, thanks to Obama.
    The fishermen of Vietnam, Thailand and Philippines would also like to thank Obama for reducing their fishing rights.

  • bolly wood
    bolly wood 4 日 前

    Firstly im not abusing or dellusionalizing china,its really a great country and had achieved a lot over decades nd may god bless them with more prosperity,
    Moreover what China can do is also possible for other contries to which it is claiming to bring prosperity and development,if they decide to work hard nd intelligently,
    Hey listen China is investing in ur country to earn profits,it trades with ur country and ur country has huge trade dedicits with china,
    Sooner or later countrys like urs which depend on others for their development drain all their resources to china nd subsequently falls into their debt trap now with time they would took up lands as lease or will occupy it as it did with tibet,vietnam in the past,it is still trying to occupy the whole south China sea,
    Do some research,this country has border disputes with almost every neighbour around it,
    Nd if even u had ignored these things before fantasizing about china,plz be cautious enough to not trust anyone blindly,

  • TheWalrusIsRagu Goo Goo g'marinara

    America: "oil, you say?"

  • Constance
    Constance 5 日 前 +1

    The map in the video should not include Taiwan as part of China.
    Taiwan has its own legal claim over the South China Sea and disputes with the PROC. Even if the international society for political reasons, does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country, Taiwan is de facto independent. The map is factually misleading and does not capture the complexity of the disputes.

  • Ben Baxter
    Ben Baxter 5 日 前

    why are americans spying on China? what are you afraid of?

    EDWARD DEEVY 5 日 前

    IRAN IS A MADMAN..🤤🤤🤤😬👿👿👿👿👿👿👿👿☠☠☠☠

  • FBI
    FBI 5 日 前

    China is going to destroy the ocean one day

  • Steven Xie
    Steven Xie 5 日 前


  • PhoneFarm PH
    PhoneFarm PH 5 日 前

    Explanation who own it is useless bcus china already have base on it

  • lcy2004vip
    lcy2004vip 5 日 前 +2

    Funny, “US use it's massive navy to protect international waters” like they have done in Iraq and Afghanistan? PLEASE, since when the US stop claimin themslves as world police and bullying the others

  • lcy2004vip
    lcy2004vip 5 日 前 +2

    WHy? same reaason why american building military bases all around the world! LOL

    • hi Aviation
      hi Aviation 4 日 前 +1

      It's because it's for this exact reason to protect it's allies/countries they have treaties*philippines and to expand there influence around the world

  • Count Yorga
    Count Yorga 5 日 前

    It's called the south CHINA sea. The US needs to get out.

  • dmxdmx08
    dmxdmx08 5 日 前

    F... the China....

  • Sound Addiktion
    Sound Addiktion 5 日 前

    You have to stop bullies sooner rather than later. The longer we have inaction over china the worse its gonna get when it does blow.

  • Chaka Oof Ka
    Chaka Oof Ka 5 日 前 +2

    You need to update this specially regarding the vague statement given by the US. The US actually reaffirmed the Mutual Defense Treaty with The Philippines to cover attacks in the South China Sea.

  • əmPĘŘØř earl
    əmPĘŘØř earl 6 日 前

    Pakyu China


    **west philipine sea**

  • Bryce Nacion
    Bryce Nacion 6 日 前

    China:claims some islands

    Global warming:em i a Joke to u

  • Sigma Geranimo
    Sigma Geranimo 6 日 前

    They thought the invasion will come from south pacific.

  • 吕亮
    吕亮 6 日 前


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  • LJ Simon
    LJ Simon 6 日 前 +3

    West Philippine Sea*

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  • 袁野
    袁野 6 日 前

    Interesting. US hasn't signed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (aka. UN EEZ Law) yet. By the way, the law didn't exist when Republic of China added 11-dash line in 1947.

  • tired boi
    tired boi 6 日 前

    China: Guam is actually mine if you didn’t know
    Guam: but... we’re no where near you

  • Dream
    Dream 6 日 前

    Just rename the sea to the Swiss Sea

  • Maxy Kazuya
    Maxy Kazuya 6 日 前

    Elsavador needs make island instead of Mexico the elsavador has a lot of paper money they can purchase and make great pupusas 👍