China's military facilities on man-made SCS islands nearly

Posted March 30, 2017

China and the countries surrounding the South China Sea should set up a cooperation mechanism to boost exchanges in efforts ranging from disaster relief to safety of navigation, a senior Chinese diplomat said in comments reported yesterday. The think tank estimated based on the imagery that China would be able to house at least 24 combat aircraft as well as bombers at Fiery Cross alone.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hit the United States anew, this time for failing to stop Beijing's island-building activities in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Though the infrastructure is nearly completed, no military aircraft has been deployed to the islands yet, Thayer and Storey said. Building a military base on the reef would guarantee China coverage of the whole of the South China Sea, in terms of radio and military range.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that in the event of an unspecified "contingency", the United States and its allies "must be capable of limiting China's access to and use of" the artificial islands.

An anti-China activist holds a poster saying "74 (Vietnamese) martyrs live forever" during a rally marking the 42nd anniversary of the 1974 naval battle between China and then-South Vietnamese troops over the Paracel Islands, in Hanoi on January 19, 2017.Both Vietnam and China claim full sovereignty over the Paracel Islands in South China Sea, which Beijing have controlled since 1974 after seizing them from the then-South Vietnam regime in a brief battle.

Western analysts are concerned the newly built military infrastructure will give Beijing the potential to enforce a controversial Air Defence Identification Zone, known as ADIZ, in the South China Sea.

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In another latest warning to the world, a US military think tank - Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) - claims 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.

China has invited officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for a visit to start discussions on a bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The U.S. has refused to recognize the East China Sea zone, which requires aircraft to declare their flight plans, identify themselves to Chinese traffic monitors and follow their instructions. Obviously, China wasn't interested to be lectured by the U.S. Satellite images also show that as well as enormous runways and military equipment, China has even constructed basketball and tennis courts on their manmade islands.

Ayungin Shoal, on the other hand, is located 22 nautical miles from the Chinese-built artificial island in Panganiban Reef. Were China really concerned about issues like worldwide disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, it could simply relinquish its claim to the exclusive economic zones of poorer and more disaster-prone countries like the Philippines and Vietnam.

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