China can deploy warplanes on artificial islands anytime
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China appears to have largely completed major construction of military infrastructure on artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea and can now deploy combat planes and other military hardware there at any time, a U.S. think tank said on Monday. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the work on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly Islands included naval, air, radar and defensive facilities. The think tank cited satellite images taken this month, which its director, Greg Poling, said showed new radar antennas on Fiery Cross and Subi.
China can deploy warplanes on artificial islands anytime. (2017, March 29). The Philippine Star, pp. 1, 3.
Artificial islands; Military operations; Disputes; Territorial waters; Satellite sensing; Radar; Navigation; International cooperation; International boundaries; Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI); Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Poling, Greg; Li, Keqiang; Hua, Chunying; Ross, Gary; Tillerson, Rex
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