A fast paced tale of espionage and international intrigue based on events currently escalating in The South China Sea.
In less than two years China has reclaimed more than 2,900 acres of land from the South China Sea in an intensive island-building campaign in the disput... ed Spratly Islands. By undertaking these actions Beijing is unilaterally altering the physical status quo in the region thereby complicating diplomatic initiatives that could lower tensions. With its rich oil and gas potential the South China Sea has been a source of contention for decades.
China, Vietnam and Taiwan claim
all 200 or so of the Spratly’s land features, while Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia also lay claims. China is dredging up sandand building reefs and rocks into artificial islands in the region and has now reclaimed 17 times more land in 20 months than the other claimants combined over the past 40 years, accounting for approximately 95 percent of all reclaimed land in the Spratly Islands. China has reclaimed land on seven of its eight outposts in the Spratlys, and as of June 2015 had reclaimed more than 2,900 acres of land. On all its reclamation sites China has either started building infrastructure or staged equipment to develop it.
Beijing admits the outposts will have a military component, which poses a direct threat to Taiwan. Deep channels and berthing sites have been formed for larger ships along with an air strip on Fiery Cross Reef that is more than twice the length of air strips built on rival outposts by Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Malaysia.
A Chinese weather manipulation satellite is thrown into the mix, leading to MI6 Agent Nick Page and sidekick Carson Dallas entering the fray. But all does not go as planned. A CRY IN THE NIGHT is a fast paced accounting of espionage and international intrigue based on events currently taking place in what many consider the World’s catalyst for a major military confrontation, The South China Sea.
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