Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. Reuters
Satellite images show construction work on three reefs in the Spatly chain
China appears to be building reinforced aircraft hangars on reclaimed islands it controls in a disputed area of the South China Sea, according to a US think tank.
Satellite photographs taken in late July show the construction of hangars on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly chain of islands and some have already been completed, according to a report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Although no military aircraft have been spotted, each of the three small islands will soon have enough hangar space for 24 fighter jets, plus three to four larger planes, the think tank said.
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Update #1: New images suggest China has built reinforced hangars on disputed islands: think tank (Reuters)
Update #2: China Building Up Military Presence at South China Sea Disputed Islands (Sputnik)
WNU Editor: So much for China's promise to not militarise these islands .... New Photos Cast Doubt on China’s Vow Not to Militarize Disputed Islands (NYT). On a side note, the Chinese are now using this method to intimidate their neighbours .... China Launches a Stealth Invasion in the South China Sea (David Axe, Daily Beast).