China on front foot

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

CHINA’S mil­i­tary buildup in the South China Sea is de­signed to in­tim­i­date and co­erce neigh­bours, US De­fence Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis said yes­ter­day.

Mat­tis said Beijing had de­ployed mil­i­tary hard­ware, in­clud­ing anti-ship mis­siles, sur­face-to-air mis­siles and elec­tronic jam­mers, across the South China Sea, where it has built mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties on re­claimed is­lands. “De­spite China’s claims to the con­trary, the place­ment of these weapon sys­tems is tied di­rectly to mil­i­tary use for the pur­poses of in­tim­i­da­tion and co­er­cion,” Mat­tis said.

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