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What Beijing Is Building in the South China Sea

Apr 30, 2018 | 14:43 GMT
Stratfor has obtained satellite imagery of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, and we show in this visual analysis what China is putting in place.

Stratfor has obtained satellite imagery showing the deployment of Chinese electronic warfare assets to the Spratly Island chain in the South China Sea. 

Since China began its extensive land reclamation program in the South China Sea in 2013, Beijing has focused on improving its presence and infrastructure at seven locations in the Spratly Island chain: Cuarteron Reef, Fiery Cross, Gaven, Hughes, Johnson, Mischief and Subi reefs. Of the seven locations, the Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs received particular attention in the form of large-scale airfields built there. Over time, China has also added harbors, barracks, radar and other sensors. This is in addition to communications equipment, storage bunkers and general infrastructure installed across all seven islands. Stratfor partners at AllSource Analysis have provided imagery that confirms mobile electronic warfare (EW) equipment was recently deployed to Mischief Reef....

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