During his visit to United States Chinese President President Xi Jinping had promised not to militarize disputed South China Sea, “China does not intend to pursue militarization,” Xi said.
However, a recent report is stating something else.
A recent picture made public by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank – show China having built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in the Spratly Islands.
There were no military aircraft seen at the time the photos were taken. But a summary of the center’s analysis suggests that the hangars on all three islets have room for “any fighter-jet in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.”
The images have emerged about a month after an international court in The Hague ruled against China’s sweeping claims in the resource-rich region, a ruling emphatically rejected by Beijing.