New images suggest China has built reinforced hangars on disputed islands: think tank

by Reuters  |  published on August 9, 2016


Recent satellite photographs show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, according to a Washington-based think tank.

Pictures taken in late July show the hangars constructed on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly islands, have room for any fighter jet in the Chinese air force, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

“Except for a brief visit by a military transport plane to Fiery Cross Reef earlier this year, there is no evidence that Beijing has deployed military aircraft to these outposts. But the rapid construction of reinforced hangars at all three features indicates that this is likely to change,” CSIS said in a report.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.

The images have emerged about a month after an international court in The Hague ruled against China’s sweeping claims in the resource-rich region, a ruling emphatically rejected by Beijing.

  • The Redhawk

    Well China is Bulding Reinforced Hangers….and BHOZO is GOOFING OFF on a Golf Course as Jon Effen Karry is eating Snails in France….Situation NOrmal … PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!

  • justinwachin

    Maybe we should consider the wisdom of buying all our goods from China. They are only a few steps better than North Korea, which they back. Over the years we have seen many of our factories close while we purchase billions of dollars of stuff from the Chinese.

    Our reliance on Middle East oil has given many of their dictators the money they need to buy weapons to destroy us. We are doing the same thing with China one iPad at a time.

    • Catherinewshearer

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  • Dan

    So let’s get this straight, China and the rest of the world is strengthening their military might, and the U.S. under our faculty-commander-in-chief has reduced our strength to pre-WW II numbers. Air Force has no funding to replace parts in aircraft and resort to pulling parts from junk yards. So what are we going to do about China building reinforced hangars? Based on their locations, why wouldn’t they be reinforced?

  • Rodney Steward

    They’re jut like muslims, they just want to start trouble and make enemies with everyone!

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