An undated photograph of two Chinese type 094 nuclear-powered submarines at Yulin on Hainan Island. Photo: SCMP PicturesAn undated photograph of two Chinese type 094 nuclear-powered submarines at Yulin on Hainan Island. Photo: SCMP Pictures
An undated photograph of two Chinese type 094 nuclear-powered submarines at Yulin on Hainan Island. Photo: SCMP Pictures

South China Sea air strips’ main role is ‘to defend Hainan nuclear submarine base’

The real reason for China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea is to provide a ring of protection for its fleet of advanced nuclear submarines based on the southern tip of Hainan Island, experts say

Topic |   South China Sea: Analysis
An undated photograph of two Chinese type 094 nuclear-powered submarines at Yulin on Hainan Island. Photo: SCMP PicturesAn undated photograph of two Chinese type 094 nuclear-powered submarines at Yulin on Hainan Island. Photo: SCMP Pictures
An undated photograph of two Chinese type 094 nuclear-powered submarines at Yulin on Hainan Island. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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