Ever since China started constructing an artificial island near the Spratly Island chain in South China Sea, the world became alarmed to a possible militarization of the region.
The disputed territories in the South China Sea. Wikipedia Commons
Now, reports reveal that China has also installed rocket launchers on the disputed chain of islands. The reason? To counter Vietnamese military combat divers.
China has clearly stated that it will do whatever it wants to on the island it has constructed and the entire disputed territory.
Beijing has been so bellicose about its claim on the disputed islands that it simply ignored a ruling on South China Sea which went against it at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.
The Chinese Navy is increasingly becoming one of the most powerful navies in the world. YouTube
To ensure that, Beijing will have to deploy more military equipment on the artificial island and other islands in the vicinity.
A satellite photo shows the artificial island China constructed on a reef in the disputed region. ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
An airport on the artificial island makes it possible for Chinese fighter jets to land in the region and ensure an ADIZ.
And while China has its focus in its own expansionist plans across the world, the attention of the West is on boogeyman North Korea.