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China Brings Fighter Jets to Illegal South China Sea Base

Chinese military aircraft have been spotted at China’s largest illegal military base in the disputed South China Sea, suggesting that the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) have started to use the site as a strategic operations base, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Wednesday, citing military surveillance by defense intelligence source Jane’s.

This picture taken on Septernber 12, 2015 shows the J-11B fighter aircraft from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force performing at the Dafangshen airport in Changchun, China's Jilin province during the bi-annual Changchun airshow. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)