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Chinese J-11B Fighter Jets Landed On Contested Island In South China Sea

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Chinese J-11B Fighter Jets Landed On Contested Island In South China Sea

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Chinese J-11B fighter jets have landed on contested Woody Island in the South China Sea during the recent driils in the area, CCTV NEWS has reported.

It is not clear if the jets remained deployed on the island after the drills.

Woody Island is located in 350km from Hainan Dao Island. The length of its airstrip is reportedly 3km. In February 2016, Chinese forces deployed HQ-9 medium- to long-range air defense systems there.

J-11 fighter jets, JH-7 fighter-bombers and YJ-62 anti-ship cruise missiles have been also spotted on the island.

The Chinese military capabilites in the South China Sea are steadily growing. According to military experts, the area may become a de-facto anti-access/area denial zone where the Chinese military will have an advantage over its regional competitors.

This video originally appeared at SouthFront in March 2016. Nonetheless, it still describes well the tensions in the South China Sea region.

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