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【Zachary Keck | China Foreign Affairs】China’s New Trump Card in the South China Sea

Zachary Keck

Written by Zachary Keck on 2015/07/02.

Edited by Glocal Reporter on 2015/07/02.

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China is likely to deploy the J-11 to its artificial islands once they are completed, according to a Hong Kong newspaper.

China is likely to deploy the J-11 to its artificial islands once they are completed, according to a Hong Kong newspaper. Credit: english.sina.com

China is likely to deploy the J-11 to its artificial islands once they are completed, according to a Hong Kong newspaper. Credit: english.sina.com

On Sunday, the South China Morning Post reported that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force is likely to use the J-11 fighter jet to patrol the Spratly Islands, where China has undertaken a massive land reclamation project on seven reefs and rocks.

“As a long-range strike aircraft, the J-11 should be sent to the South China Sea," Huang Zhao, a former Air Force pilot, told SCMP.

Indeed, SCMP goes on to note that: “The J-11s have a range of 1,500km, which can be extended with additional fuel tanks. Setting up operations on the islands would move the reach of the air force about 1,000 km further south, and in conjunction with the Liaoning aircraft carrier, take China towards its stated goal of moving away from offshore defense to open-sea protection.”

The article is published on The National Interest. Reprinted with permission. The full article can be retrieved from http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/chinas-new-trump-card-the-south-china-sea-13160

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