China Militarized Spratly Islands in South China Sea
Published on Aug 9, 2016
A US think-thank says recent satellite photographs show China appears to have militarized Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. The Center for Strategic and International Studies says Beijing has built reinforced aircraft hangers on its holdings. It says there were no military aircraft seen at the time the photos were taken in late July, but the hangars have room for any fighter jet in the Chinese air force. The United States accuses China of militarizing the region. But Beijing has repeatedly denied doing so, saying the facilities are for civilian and self-defense uses. China, in turn, criticized US patrols and exercises for ramping up tensions in the region. China claims most of the South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.
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