China is constructing a giant island in disputed waters in the South China Sea that could be used as an airstrip.

Satellite images provided by the defense and security group IHS Jane’s show the China is building what appears to be an offshore airstrip in the Spratly Islands, Reuters reported Friday.

The security website added that work is also being done that will provide China with a harbor large enough to “receive tankers and major surface combatants,” Reuters reported.

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