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China Suggests It Has Placed Weapons on Disputed Spratly Islands in South China Sea - New York Times

BEIJING — China signaled on Thursday that it had installed weapons on disputed South China Sea islands and would use them like a “slingshot” to repel threats, compounding tensions with the incoming Trump administration. The Chinese message, in a ...and more »

Q&A: China just seized a research robot from a US Navy ship. What was it doing? - Science Magazine

For ocean scientists who have worked with the U.S. military, today's news that Chinese forces seized an oceanographic glider launched by an unarmed U.S. Navy research ship working in the South China Sea has a familiar ring. It's not the first time that ...and more »

China May Have Began Arming Its Man-Made Islands in the South China Sea - The Drive

This step is likely just the start of what will be a major and rapid buildup of weapons capabilities on China's island outposts. By Tyler RogowayDecember 14, 2016. The War Zone · A2AD · China · CIWS · South China Sea · Spratly Islands. Photo ...and more »

Images show 'significant' Chinese weapons systems in South China Sea - The Guardian

A satellite image shows what the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says appears to be anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapons systems on the Hughes reef in the South China Sea. Photograph: Digitalglobe/Reuters. China appears to have positioned ...and more »

Why Trump can't 'haggle' over the one-China policy - South China Morning Post

A sign advertising Donald Trump's former reality television show 'The Apprentice' at Trump Towers in New York City. Photo: Getty Images. Important, even vital, American national interests as well as global peace and stability are at stake in how ...and more »

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on December 15, 2016 - MFA China

Q: New satellite images released by a US think tank show that China is installing weapon systems on seven islands in the South China Sea. Can you confirm whether China is building these weapon systems there and what purpose do they serve? A: I have ...and more »

US Demands Return of Drone Seized by Chinese Warship - New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Friday demanded the return of an underwater drone that was seized by China as an American crew was moving in to retrieve it. The episode threatens to increase tensions in a region already fraught with great-power rivalries ...and more »

Underwater Science Drones Can't Help Sparking International Incidents - WIRED

The remote expanse of the world's oceans may seem like a tranquil space to conduct science. But sometimes, geopolitical tensions cross paths with scientific missions—and researchers get caught in the middle. On Thursday, Chinese sailors grabbed a ...and more »

Risks of Trump's China policy - The Hindu

The seizure of an American underwater drone in the international waters of the South China Sea by the Chinese Navy marks the latest flashpoint in bilateral relations that have entered uncharted territory with the election of Donald Trump as U.S ...and more »

In South China Sea Islands, Anti-Aircraft And Radar Systems Emerge In Full Color - NPR

Highlighting new areas of Chinese construction on Mischief Reef, a monitoring group says that in addition to an airstrip, the artificial island will likely be outfitted with large anti-aircraft guns and a cruise missile defense system. CSIS/AMTI ...and more »