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Latest news on Hainan Island, a tropical island located in southern China, often referred to as the 'Hawaii of China'. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, and lush rainforests, as well as for being a popular tourist destination.
Hainan Island has some strategic military significance due to its location in the South China Sea. China has built up its military presence on the island, with several military bases and installations located there.
In particular, Hainan Island is home to China's nuclear submarine base, which is located in Yulin on the southern tip of the island. The base is said to be one of the most important military installations in China's nuclear deterrent strategy, as it is believed to be the only base from which China can deploy its nuclear-armed submarines in the South China Sea.
The island also hosts a number of other military installations, including air and naval bases, radar and surveillance facilities, and missile sites. In recent years, China has been expanding and upgrading these facilities, including building new hangars for fighter jets and constructing new ports and harbors.
The military presence on Hainan Island is part of China's broader efforts to assert its claims in the South China Sea and expand its military influence in the region. The island's strategic location gives China an important foothold in the contested waters of the South China Sea, which are rich in natural resources and serve as a vital shipping lane for global trade.
According to American intelligence reports, a spy balloon that flew across the US originated from a balloon launch facility located on Hainan Island, off the southern coast of China. New satellite imagery from Planet Labs has revealed that the facility exists and is most likely the launch site of the balloon in question. The Hainan site, which is surrounded by a perimeter security fence and has three large radomes, is similar to another Chinese launch site in Dorbod Banner, near China’s northern border with Mongolia. The Middlebury Institute of International Studies researchers who identified the facility believe it is linked to China’s People’s Liberation Army due to access restrictions and the existence of a security fence around the collection buildings. China has not commented on the facility, nor on its alleged espionage program using spy balloons. Researchers believe that China is using airships and balloons as a relatively low-cost supplement or replacement to more conventional intelligence-gathering platforms.