Geolocating Propaganda: Outdated Image of Woody Island in the Paracel Island Chain used in People’s Republic of China’s South China Sea Propaganda Poster

A recent article in the South China Morning Post detailing the People’s Republic of China’s recent seizure of a U.S. underwater military drone also showed a propaganda poster related to the PRC’s maritime territory claims within the South China Sea (SCS).

Propaganda poster

Analysis of geospatial information via Google Earth reveals the island in this propaganda poster is Woody Island, part of the Paracel Island chain in the SCS.

Geolocating prop poster

Additionally, the propaganda poster image of Woody Island is several years old, possibly from about 2013; facilities at Woody Island have been improved and expanded between 2013-2017, to include expanded quays, improvements to the island’s runway, and expanded/reclaimed land that increases the island’s area.

Woody Island Improvement Overview

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