This is extremely alarming. Spy missions by U.S. planes over disputed waters in the South China Sea have shown the Chinese building artificial islands.
Moreover, they are ARMING them!
This is very worrisome since many nations hold claims to that area of the world. Furthermore, U.S. spy planes have been warned that the air over the artificial islands is restricted airspace.
Stay tuned on this issue…
China has moved weaponry onto artificial islands that it is building in contested areas of the South China Sea, adding to the risks of a confrontation with the United States and its regional security partners including Australia.
Australian officials are concerned that China could also introduce long-range radar, anti-aircraft guns and regular surveillance flights that will enable it to project military power across a maritime expanse which include some of Australia’s busiest trading lanes.
Fairfax understands that these concerns are prompting discussions in senior military circles that could lead to Australian naval officers and air force pilots embarking on “freedom of navigation” missions to demonstrate that Canberra does not accept Beijing’s hardening claims.