China has also built airstrips and other military facilities on the artificial islands. Photo: AP
China has also built airstrips and other military facilities on the artificial islands. Photo: AP

Beijing’s South China Sea military bases ‘are vulnerable to attack and will be of little use in a war’

  • China’s facilities in the disputed Spratly Islands have alarmed its rival claimants, but a military magazine says they have significant weaknesses
  • Article argues their size and location makes them hard to defend and their airstrips are too small to be effective

China has also built airstrips and other military facilities on the artificial islands. Photo: AP
China has also built airstrips and other military facilities on the artificial islands. Photo: AP
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