BEIJING: A US think tank says recent satellite images appear to show that China has installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the South China Sea.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a report late Wednesday that the anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapons systems designed to guard against missile attack have been placed on all seven of China's newly created islands.
The outposts were built in recent years by piling sand on top of coral reefs followed by the construction of airstrips, barracks, lighthouses and radar stations and other infrastructure.
China says the islands are intended to boost maritime safety in the region. They also mark its claim to ownership of practically the entire South China Sea, its islands, reefs and other maritime features.
Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei also claim territory in the strategic waterway, while the US Navy insists on its right to operate throughout the area, including in waters close to China's new outposts.
The US has committed to beefing up its military presence in the area, although new uncertainty has been introduced by incoming US president Donald Trump.
The president-elect has called for a reconsideration of its commitments to its Asian allies, including Japan and South Korea, while simultaneously criticizing Chinese trade policy toward the US and its new territorial assertiveness.
Trump referred to China's man-made islands in a tweet earlier this month, saying Beijing didn't ask the US if it was OK to 'build a massive military complex in the South China Sea.' 、
Don''t Worry, Trump would force China to abandon claims to South China Sea with the Help from India and Japan.
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The USA should order India and Japan to deploy Naval Ships on Permanent Basis in the South China Sea.
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Instead of preaching others , China should abide by the judgement given under UNCLOS and bring down those structures .
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need to destroy them
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