South China Sea – October 2017

New Map: Chinese Power Projection Capabilities in the South China Sea Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative October 13, 2017 Since 2014, China has substantially expanded its ability to monitor and project power throughout the South China Sea via the construction of dual civilian-military bases at its outposts in the disputed Spratly and Paracel Islands. These include new radar and communications arrays, airstrips and hangars to accommodate combat aircraft, shelters likely meant to house missile platforms, and deployments of mobile surface-to-air and anti-ship cruise missile systemsat Woody Island in the Paracels. How these capabilities overlap is highlighted in the map above. For illustrative purposes, the ranges … Continue reading