Best Of: China Ramps Up Navy to Challenge U.S. Dominance

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According to CNBC, sources “with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence reports” say China has installed long-range anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles on three of its artificial islands in the region—and the deployment took place in just the past 30 days. The deployment of missiles on these islands hasn’t been confirmed independently, but satellite photos published by CSIS’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, which closely monitors Chinese construction on the islands, show the development of hardened shelters with retractable roofs.

In our Friday ‘Best of’ series, we lay out the big picture for you by bringing you Expert Cipher Brief analysis on China’s considerable progress in developing advanced naval and force projection capabilities.  

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