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Chinese missiles, deployed to the South China Sea despite previous promises from Beijing not to militarize the islands, fired at drones flying overhead to simulate combat, the South China Morning Post reported.
The US reportedly flew B-52s in the South China Sea as it directly challenges Beijing’s militarization
Chinese President Xi Jinping swore at the White House with former President Barack Obama in 2015 that he would not militarize the islands, and continues to claim the islands have not been militarized depite the obvious presence of military equipment.
UK Secretary of State for Defence said nations "need to play by the rules." The announcement came a day after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said China's militarization of the South China Sea is for the purpose of "intimidation and coercion," and that there will be "consequences in the future."
China's Foreign Ministry called US claims that Beijing was militarizing its artificial islands "ridiculous." But on the same day, Chinese state media said it would prepare a forceful response to US interference with its grand plans.
China's military says it took "immediate action" against "unauthorized" US ships sailing in its waters in the South China Sea. The move comes at a sensitive time, as the US disinvited China from an international military exercise, and the two countries continue to spar over trade and foreign policy.
China is not even pretending anymore in the South China Sea — it put 400 buildings on one of the disputed islands
Satellite imagery shows that China has put nearly 400 buildings on Subi Reef in the South China Sea, Reuters reported. It's about double the number of buildings on China's other large islands in the region, known as the Spratly Islands.
Beijing lands nuclear bombers in the South China Sea in a clear sign that it’s pushed out the US without firing a shot
China's landing nuclear-capable bombers on artificial islands that it said it wouldn't militarize sends a message to its neighbors and the US: Beijing has won the battle of the South China Sea without firing a shot.
Beijing reportedly challenges US, lays strong implicit threat with anti-ship missiles in the South China Sea
China is believed to have stationed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems — which have a range of 295 and 160 nautical miles, respectively — on the Spratly Islands in the highly disputed South China Sea.
The Chinese navy challenged Australian warships in the South China Sea as it conducted its largest-ever naval parade
Three Australian navy ships faced a polite but "robust" encounter with the People's Liberation Army,
"The Growler is a very capable machine," one expert said. "I doubt the Chinese can really affect that aircraft that much."