As previously reported:
China aims for Middle Rocks ,and Pedra Branca, via proxy Malaysia: Artificial islands in the Singapore Strait likely
Adding to the above are these photos of the Middle Rocks, as well as other areas in the South China Sea where China has built military installations. Readers can determine for themselves if building on and around Middle Rocks is feasible.
This photo, taken on 13 March 2012, shows what the Johnson Reef looked like before China started to build there. The Philippines has protested China’s reclamation of land in the disputed reef in the South China Sea that can be used to build an airstrip or an offshore military base in the increasingly volatile region.