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Satellite images show China put up weapons on Artificial Islands: US think tank

China has said military construction on the islands will be limited to necessary defensive requirements

South China Sea


China appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank reported on Wednesday, citing new satellite imagery. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said its findings come despite statements by the Chinese leadership that Beijing has no intention to militarize the islands in the strategic trade route, where territory is claimed by several countries. AMTI said it had been tracking ...

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First Published: Thu, December 15 2016. 08:55 IST