China built seven permanent islands in the South China Sea between 2013 and 2017. Photo: AP
China built seven permanent islands in the South China Sea between 2013 and 2017. Photo: AP

South China Sea: how a Spratlys radar system could give the PLA an information edge

  • Beijing’s crisis management plans to deal with rising US-China tensions include its artificial structures in the disputed area
  • Communications network aims for information superiority in the region but remote location makes them vulnerable

China built seven permanent islands in the South China Sea between 2013 and 2017. Photo: AP
China built seven permanent islands in the South China Sea between 2013 and 2017. Photo: AP
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