Military Capabilities

Beijing building new shelters, radar facilities on South China Sea islands, says research group

02 July 2017

China has continued enhancing its dual-use facilities on three artificial islands in the South China Sea (SCS) by building new shelters and installing additional radar and communications structures there, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"While China is keeping attention focused on its negotiations with Southeast Asian countries over basic principles to manage the [SCS] disputes, its construction of military and dual-use facilities on the Spratly Islands continues," said the research group in an updated 29 June report, pointing out that this can be clearly seen on the 'Big Three': Fiery Cross, Mischief, and Subi reefs.

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