China isn't just expanding its military reach into the South China Sea, it's rapidly building completely new islands, and as you'd expect, that's generating plenty of anxiety from the other nations in the neighborhood.
Look How Quickly China is Building Its Island Bases Out Of Nothing
Occupée par la Chine, l’île Woody (Yongxing en chinois), la plus grande des îles Paracels, est aussi revendiquée par Taïwan et le Vietnam. (Photo DR)
B1 - U.S. Pentagon’s Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), 11 April, 2015: The PLA Navy [China], New Capabilities and Missions for the 21st Century.
Peoples Liberation Army Type 052C (Luyang II/Lanzhou Class) guided missile destroyer Lanzhou. Also flying the French flag while visiting French Polynesia September 2013.
China's fake island building bonanza is about more than just military might.
Comparison of current operational distances of PLA bases with airstrips from<br />Taiwan versus the Spratly Islands (distances in nautical miles).
Les deux photos satellites montrent l’agrandissement du runway entre janvier 2014 et novembre 2016 sur un îlot des Spratleys. (Photo : AMTI)
Tensions In The South China Sea Explained In 18 Maps
KJ-500 is a warning and air traffic control radar consists of three electronic opening arranged in a triangular network that allows 360-degree coverage. These radars have been developed by the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronic Technology (Institute NRIET or 14). It seems that Chinese advances in electronics allow the KJ-500 have the same properties as the current KJ-2000 larger mounted Ilyushin Il-76. According to Chinese television KJ-500 system could follow 60 to 100 targets…
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