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These would be the first missiles in the Spratlys, either surface to air, or anti-ship.
– Greg Poling
The value of the case is the long term reputational damage and the pressure ... on the Chinese. That only works if you have a big coalition that can keep this in the public eye, but if the Chinese ... get a ton of countries to abstain that deflects a lot of that criticism.
This is exactly the type of irresponsible and dangerous intercepts that the air-to-air annex to CUES is supposed to prevent.
If the Lassen didn't do anything but transit, then this Freedom of Navigation Operation didn't actually assert what they had led us to believe it was supposed to: that Subi Reef doesn't get a territorial sea.
It forces a clarification of China's claims. China's strategy in the South China Sea is one of ambiguity.
So if Beijing objects by saying to the U.S. you're in our territorial sea, then the U.S. can respond by saying there's no such thing as a territorial sea for an artificial island.
If it does turn out to be a runway, China will have three airstrips that can carry any plane the PLA (People's Liberation Army) has to offer, all of these places have gone from being outposts on stilts to full islands, potentially with airstrips, within the space of a year or just over a year.
Some people think it would be a good idea to (cross the limit) as it sends a message and will put the onus on China to explain what it's doing there.
Clearly, what we have seen is going to be a 3,000-meter airstrip and we have seen some more work on what is clearly going to be some port facilities for ships.
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