China ‘has missiles on disputed islands’

The National
February 17, 2016

TAIPEI/WASHINGTON // China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile

An aerial view of construction at Mabini (Johnson) Reef by China, in the disputed Spratly Islands. China has reportedly deployed two batteries of surface-to-air missile launchers to Woody Island in the island chain in the South China Sea, according to satellite imagery from ImageSat International. Armed Forces of the Philippines / EPA
An aerial view of construction at Mabini (Johnson) Reef by China, in the disputed Spratly Islands. China has reportedly deployed two batteries of surface-to-air missile launchers to Woody Island in the island chain in the South China Sea, according to satellite imagery from ImageSat International. Armed Forces of the Philippines / EPA

system to one of the disputed islands it controls in the South China Sea, Taiwan and US officials said.

Maj Gen David Lo, the Taiwan defence ministry spokesman, said yesterday the missile batteries had been set up on Woody Island. The island is part of the Paracels chain, under Chinese control for more than 40 years but also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.

A US defence official also confirmed the “apparent deployment” of the missiles reported by Fox News.

China’s foreign minister said the reports were created by “certain western media” that should focus more on China’s building of lighthouses to improve shipping safety in the region.

“As for the limited and necessary self-defence facilities that China has built on islands and reefs we have people stationed on, this is consistent with the right to self-protection that China is entitled to under international law so there should be no question about it,” Wang Yi said.     [FULL  STORY]

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