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Offline Lee2

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This is getting a bit troublesome.
New satellite imagery indicates that China has installed weapon systems on all seven artificial islands it has built in the contested waters of the South China Sea.

It's a move that's likely to alarm the country's neighbors and further unsettle ties with the United States, where President-elect Donald Trump has shown himself increasingly willing to confront and challenge Beijing.
The images, released by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, show anti-aircraft guns plus other weapons systems that would guard against cruise missiles sitting in hexagonal structures on the islands.
China has already built military-length airstrips on three of these artificial islands, previous analysis by the AMTI, part of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has shown.
China's Defense Ministry said the military installations were proper and lawful, and mainly for self-defense.
"If others are flexing their military muscles at your doorstep, are you not even supposed to have a slingshot in hand just in case?" a statement said.
The organization's findings come despite a pledge from China's leadership that it has no intention of militarizing the islands.
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