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China determined to battle on two fronts as N Asia tensions spike

Chinese military ships near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Recent satellite photographs show China appears to have built aircraft hangars that could accommodate any fighter jet in its air force on artificial islands it is building on reefs in the South China Sea.


AS China diplomatically confronts the United States and South Korea over new missile defences and intensifies pressure on Japan at sea over disputed islets, Beijing is signalling it is prepared to stand its ground on two key regional fronts.

Mainland analysts see little