This photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

A New Chinese Drone Could Help Beijing Assert Its Claims In The South China Sea

China commands an undisputed upper hand in Asia’s biggest maritime sovereignty dispute. It has used at least 3,200 acres of landfill to create artificial islands, some for military hardware, in the South China Sea’s Paracel and Spratly archipelagos. It declares annual fishing moratoriums and passes ships through waters claimed by four wary yet militarily weaker…

One of the PLAN's HJ-500 AEW&C aircraft now on Hainan.

China’s Navy Deploys its Only Two Most Modern AEW&C Planes to Hainan for Spy Missions over South China Sea

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has apparently begun preparations for the permanent deployment of its newest airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft — the Shaanxi HJ-500 — to Hainan Island for patrols over the South China Sea. Hainan is also the location of Yulin Naval Base, headquarters of PLAN’s South Sea Fleet. China’s…