China militarizes all seven outposts in the Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea

This discovery is significant as during a state visit to the U.S. last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping publicly stated that China had no intention of militarizing the islands.

    2016/12/16

NSFW    BEIJING — Satellite images released by U.S. thinktank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) reveal that China may have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on all seven artificial islands that it has built in the South China Sea.

According to AMTI, China appears to have militarized Gaven, Hughes, Johnson, Cuarteron, Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs in the South China Sea.

This discovery is significant as during a state visit to the U.S. last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping publicly stated that China had no intention of militarizing the islands.

Gaven Reef and Hughes Reef have similar point-defence structures, with suspected anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapon systems installed. The structures of the facilities are different on Johnson and Cuarteron reefs.

At Fiery Cross Reef, all four structures are positioned toward the sea. This allows the anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapon systems to cover all approaches to the base, according to the report by AMTI.

Similar designs are being observed at Mischief Reef, where two of four structures have been completed, while only one of four structures have been completed at Subi Reef.
The central facility has two arms, with one holding an anti-aircraft gun and the other holding a close-in weapons system at Johnson Reef. ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
The central facility has two arms, with one holding an anti-aircraft gun and the other holding a close-in weapons system at Johnson Reef. ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
Cuarteron Reef has two separate point-defense systems. ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
Cuarteron Reef has two separate point-defense systems. ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
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