Beijing may have built bases in the South China Sea, but that doesn’t mean it can defend them, report claims

Hong Kong (CNN)Beijing has spent yearsΒ turning islands and reefs in the South China Seainto military bases and airstrips — but such territory could be vulnerable to attack and nigh indefensible in the event of war, a new report has warned.Β The bases are “lonely in the distant sea,” and far from both the Chinese mainland and other islands in the vast disputed waters, which span some 3.3 million square kilometers (1.3 million square miles), said Naval and Merchant Ships, a Beijing-based magazine published by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, which supplies the People’s Liberation Army.

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