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China has fighter jets on disputed islands

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China has been building up it's arsenal in the south China Sea for some time now. There are precious minerals that need to be protected and a very important agreement expired last year if I remember correctly.
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Defense analysts believe the People’s Liberation Army will be able to land fighter jets on these artificial islands, turning them into what U.S. Pacific Command commander Admiral Harry Harris characterized as potential forward operating bases during possible combat situations. This summer Harris called China’s island expansion “changing facts on the ground [by] essentially creating false sovereignty.”
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The revelation is likely to stoke tension with neighbours and the US, all of whom have raised concerns over what they call"the militarisation of the South China Sea", says analyst Alexander Neill from the International Institute for Strategic Studies - Asia
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Earlier this week Chinese warships were pictured firing live missiles over the disputed waters in a awe inspiring show of strength.

Dozens of projectiles were shot across the see in images sure to rattle the cages of the international community.

The Chinese air force sent several H-6 bombers and Su-30 fighter jets to inspect the airspace around the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal, according to state news agency Xinhua.
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China has said the new islands are primarily to assist fishermen and other causes, as well as to reinforce its sovereignty claims. China also says that the islands should be able to defend themselves, and that it is entitled to build whatever structures it wishes on them.

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The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration issued a ruling on July 12 invalidating China's vast South China Sea maritime claims, a ruling that Beijing largely refused to accept. China strongly criticized the United States for encouraging the Philippines, a U.S. ally, to pursue the matter. A satellite image showing development at Subi Reef.
Since then, Beijing has launched air patrols over the South China Sea, said it would consider declaring an air defense zone and vowed to continue work on man-made islands created from piling sand atop coral reefs in the highly contested Spratly group.
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China is not backing down to no one. The communist power has refused to recognise the ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague that invalidated its sweeping claims to territory in the South China Sea and did not take part in the proceedings brought by the Philippines.
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China has claimed most of the energy rich waters, which host roughly $5tn in ship-borne trade every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have also claimed parts of the South China Sea.
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China's Defence Ministry reacted angrily to accusations from Japan that China was destabilising the regional military balance by attempting to change the status quo in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
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First of all I would like to say HI EVERYONE! I just joined in after being invited. I have a Home, Business & Family in the USA, Japan & Philippines.
There is MUCH happening behind the scenes that MOST if not ALL are not seeing & most likely won't for years!
Yes, this situation is being handled" Politically Correctly"!
We CAN NOT and WILL NOT go into this situation GUN BLAZING so to speak. But it is OBVIOUS that the situation IS HEATING UP and TENSIONS are high! None of us SHOULD WANT to see more WAR and ATTACKS on ANY COUNTRY because LIVES ARE LOST on BOTH SIDE!
I see"Division amounst American's" WAY TO MUCH since 9/11! Rememeber people" Devide & Concour" has been around for CENTURIES! Dont ALLOW the ENEMY to DEVIDE US!!!!!
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I think our government has lied to us for long enough. Something big is happening in the south China sea and they are covering it up for what reason I do not know. There is a big threat to trade and also security coming from this area. We need to start talking and talking fast.
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Chinese military fighter jets have been operating near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea since late May and one of them flew in an area within 50km of Japan’s territorial airspace around the islets, said a Japanese government source over the weekend.
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