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China builds new missile facilities on South China Sea islands; see pics

China has built four new missile shelters on Fiery Cross Reef to go with the eight already on the artificial island, AMTI said.China has built four new missile shelters in disputed islands in the South China Sea – a sign Beijing has not given up its ambition to broaden its presence in worldwide waters.Abella’s statement came after United States-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) think tank reported Thursday that China continues to advance the construction of its military facilities in three South China Sea reefs.CSIS satellite images show new construction on three land formations: Fiery Cross, Mischief, and Subi Reefs.AMTI noted that Fiery Cross remains to be the most advanced.There are now a total of 12 Chinese missile facilities on artificial islands.”Another, smaller dome has been installed on a tower near the shelters on Mischief, indicating that it could be connected to radars for any missile systems that might be housed there”, the center said. The apparatus is created to locate and eliminate enemy divers.In addition to the new construction in the Spratly Islands, the CSIS notes that China appears to be constructing “very large underground structures” at a number of reefs in the area.Two more domes are being built at Mischief Reef, it said. A massive antennae system has also reportedly appeared, suggesting a significant expansion of the location’s radar and communications capabilities.In February, Reuters reported that China had almost finished building structures to house long-range surface-to-air missiles on the artificial islands in the South China Sea. Mischief Reef reportedly houses eight shelters with retractable roofs and new communications and radar equipment.China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, including land belonging to those two countries as well as Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, and the waters off of Natuna island, Indonesia.The result of all the new construction, the experts conclude, is that “Beijing can now deploy military assets, including combat aircraft and mobile missile launchers, to the Spratly Islands at any time”.In recent months, Trump has approached a traditional foe, Chinese President Xi Jinping, to assist in USA -led efforts to disarm North Korea’s nuclear weapons arsenal.Duterte has maintained a soft-landing approach on the territorial dispute with China even after the Philippines won in July 2016 an worldwide arbitration case that sought to invalidate Beijing’s claim on South China Sea.In his meeting with Philippine counterpart Alan Peter S. Cayetano last Thursday, June 29, Chinese Foreign Minister Wayng Yi, as quoted by Reuters, said relations between China and the Philippines are in a “golden period of fast development”.China has made other advancements on the reefs in the past few months.