Thursday, May 3, 2018

Beijing Deploys Cruise Missiles on Islands in South China Sea : Reports

South China Sea
China has secretly installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles in three South China Sea outposts, US media reported Wednesday.

The land-based defensive missile systems were set up in Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef and Mischief Reef on the Spratly Islands within the past 30 days, anonymous sources told CNBC.

Additional military equipment was reportedly spotted on satellite images of the nearby Woody Island, the largest of the Paracel Islands hosting Chinese military headquarters.

Beijing lays territorial claims to what it calls Nansha Islands, believed to be rich in oil and gas. The Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam have rival claims. The Paracel Islands, known as the Xisha Islands in China, are contested by Taiwan and Vietnam.
Paracel Islands

1 comment:

  1. Pékin est absolument en droit de déployer des armes sur les îles Nanshan/Spratleys en mer de Chine méridionale, a déclaré jeudi la porte-parole du ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères Hua Chunying.
    «Le gouvernement chinois possède un droit incontestable de contrôle de l'archipel et de l'espace maritime avoisinant», a fait savoir Mme Hua.

    Plus tôt dans la semaine, la chaîne de télévision CNBC a annoncé que la Chine avait déployé des missiles antinavires et des missiles sol-air sur trois de ses avant-postes en mer de Chine méridionale. Cette installation constituerait le premier déploiement de missiles sur l'archipel des Spratleys.


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