Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

China secretly transferred missiles on disputed Islands

China secretly transferred missiles on disputed Islands

A U.S. intelligence report states that China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems in the disputed South China Sea. "We've raised concerns directly with the Chinese about this".

The region has been engulfed in territorial disputes for years - with China, the Philippines and Vietnam all vying for land, along with several other countries.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, regarding the militarisation said in a press briefing, "China's peaceful construction in the Spratly archipelago, including the deployment of necessary national defence facilities, is aimed at protecting China's sovereignty and security". "Anyone with no invasive intention will find no reason to worry about this", she said, before going on to stress that China will continue to work with all countries to maintain peace and stability in the area.

The Chinese army installed anti-ship and air-to-air defences on outposts also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines over the last 30 days, U.S. network CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to U.S. intelligence.

China "hopes relevant parties can objectively and calmly view this", she added.

"We are well aware of China's militarisation of the South China Sea. Visits of ships are really fantastic, ships (and) carriers demonstrate our commitment to the US-Philippines alliance, the region, and also to do whatever we can to protect worldwide flights, freedom of navigation and overflight", Kim said during the "Kapihan sa Embahada" at the US Embassy in Manila.

"The United States has long raised concerns about the militarization of outposts on disputed features in the South China Sea", said a State Department official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

One of the disputed reefs in the South China Sea Beijing is militarising.

China could use the bases to challenge the USA regional presence, and "would easily overwhelm the military forces of any other South China Sea-claimants".

Last month China's military issued "robust" challenges to three Australian warships as they travelled through the South China Sea to Vietnam.

Davidson said China could use the bases to challenge the US regional presence, and "would easily overwhelm the military forces of any other South China Sea-claimants".

"The only thing lacking are the deployed forces", he said.

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