Last updated: January 17, 2018

China to secure ‘de facto’ control of S. China Sea: US admiral

Part of the city of Sansha on the island of Yongxing, also known as Woody island in the disputed Paracel chain, is shown July 27, 2012China is on its way to securing "de facto" control of the South China Sea, a top US admiral warned Thursday, amid growing unease over Beijing's continued military build up in the contested waterway. By building air bases and hardened bunkers on tiny islands, some of which are reclaimed from the sea, and by installing sophisticated radar and missile defense systems, China has shown it is determined to achieve military primacy in the region, Admiral Harry Harris said. Beijing's claims to almost all of the South China Sea are widely disputed and the body of water has long been viewed as a potential flashpoint.



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