A US think tank says satellite images show China has recently built new military facilities on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea.
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said on Thursday that new images showed missile shelters and radar and communications facilities had been built on Yongshu Reef (known in the West as Fiery Cross), and two other reefs — Meiji (known as Mischief in the West) and Subi — in the Spratly Islands.
The think tank claimed that over the past three months, China had built four new missile shelters on Yongshu Reef to go with the eight already there.
The think tank said a very large antennae array was also being installed on Meiji Reef, a move that would presumably boost China’s ability to monitor surrounding areas.
A large dome was also installed on Yongshu and another was under construction, indicating a sizeable communications or radar system, the report said.
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