CCP’s Militarization of South China Sea Islands Marks ‘Significant Change’ in Balance of Power in Region: Analysts

An airstrip made by China is seen beside structures and buildings at the man-made island on Mischief Reef at the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea are seen on Sunday March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The militarization of islands in the South China Sea is an indicator of the Chinese regime’s desire to dominate the region and send a message to the rest of the world, according to security analysts.

Recently, the Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Adm. John Aquilino, revealed that the Chinese regime has fully militarized at least three islands in the disputed South China Sea.

The Chinese Communist Party claims the vast majority of these strategic waterways, a region disputed by several other Southeast Asian states. While Beijing’s territorial claims have been rejected by an international tribunal, it has sought to assert its claims by building and militarizing artificial islands in the area.

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