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July 15, 2019

China’s South China Sea Anti-Ship Missile Tests Up the Stakes

By Ankit Panda
The tests send a sharp message to the United States Navy.

June 14, 2018

China’s New Missiles in the Spratlys May be a Turning Point

By Steven Stashwick
There is no longer any reason for China to acknowledge the diplomatic fig leaf of Xi Jinping’s “militarization” assurance.
May 05, 2018

China Deploys Long-Range Anti-Ship and Anti-Air Missiles to Spratly Islands For First Time

By Steven Stashwick
Missiles are unambiguous 'militarization' of disputed islands.

January 25, 2018

China Signaling it May Finally 'Militarize' the South China Sea Officially

By Steven Stashwick
Response to U.S. warship reveals pretext for deployments to Spratly Islands bases.

May 22, 2017

Rocket System on Fiery Cross Reef Highlights Problem of Defining 'Militarization'

By Steven Stashwick
Lack of a useful U.S. definition helps China deflect criticism.

February 28, 2017

New Chinese Missile Installations in Spratlys?

By Steven Stashwick
Structures might house long-range SAMs as China inches closer to "militarization" of islands.
December 30, 2016

New Weapons on China’s Artificial Islands Don’t Violate 'Non-Militarization' of South China Sea

By Steven Stashwick
Installation may raise tensions, but China has long excluded “necessary defense” from its pledge.

August 10, 2016

Vietnam Deploys Precision-Guided Rocket Artillery in South China Sea

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Hanoi has purportedly moved new mobile rocket launchers on bases in the disputed Spratly Islands.

March 29, 2016

Cuarteron Reef’s New Radar: The China Coast Guard’s Best New Toy?

By Steven Stashwick
Worry over the radar’s military implications should take a backseat to its civil uses.

March 23, 2016

Xi Jinping and Maritime Militarization

By Greg Austin
Fuzzy “pink lines” in the water.

March 10, 2016

What US Intelligence Thinks About China’s Militarization of the South China Sea

By Franz-Stefan Gady
In a letter, the head of the U.S. intelligence community offers insights into China’s activities in the South China Sea.
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