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Chinese military build-up continues in South China Sea

Three of Beijing’s outposts in the South China Sea reefs appear to be ready for the deployment of mobile missile launchers, a US think tank has claimed. Releasing satellite photographs, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said Beijing’s Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now had 12 hardened…







Australia defends US in latest South China Sea dispute

Australia backed the United States on Thursday in its so-called freedom of navigation operation close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, a patrol China has denounced as an illegal threat to peace. US guided missile destroyer the USS William P Lawrence traveled within 12 nautical miles of…