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‘This is militarization’: We finally know what China’s mysterious hexagonal structures in the South China Sea are for

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WASHINGTON, DC — The mysterious hexagonal facilities the Chinese began installing on man-made islands in the South China Sea appear to be antiaircraft and antimissile systems, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, a unit of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In August, AMTI published satellite imagery of several unidentified hexagonal structures on the Fiery Cross, Subi, and Mischief reefs.

The formations are always oriented toward the sea and started to appear in May, according to experts at AMTI.

“More recent satellite imagery suggests that these hexagonal structures are point defense systems that are designed to defend the land features and the assets on them from an attack,” Bonnie Glaser, the senior adviser for Asia and director of the China Power Project at CSIS, told Business Insider. – READ MORE

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