Satellite image of Yulin Naval Base. Image Credit: The Drive
China has expanded its naval base in the South China Sea. The Yulin naval base also known as Sanya Naval Base, is located on the island province of Hainan, in the northern part of the South China Sea. China claims about 90% of the disputed South China Sea. This has caused clashes between China and Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Philippines which disagree with China’s claim.
The Yulin naval base, which used to accept normal submarines, can now accept nuclear submarines. The base is continously being modernized as part of a long-term Chinese naval modernization. The base uses a cave system for hiding its submarines inside.
Yulin Navy base is strategically very important for the Chinese navy, as it will serve as another base from which to send ships to spratly islands and Paracel islands. From these islands, Chinese…
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