Thursday, February 25, 2016

New Chinese Military Move in the South China Sea

China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system on Woody Island in the South China Sea.Woody Island is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.The island,part of the Paracel archipelago,is north of the island building projects in the Spratly archipelago that have been causing much concern among the US and its allies recently.Woody Island already had a military-length airstrip on it.Now it has two missile batteries and a target-acquisition radar on it as well as the communications and radar infrastructure to support military activities.*
US Secretary of State John Kerry criticised the installation as a serious concern and said there is evidence,every day,of further militarisation in the South China Sea.When he was in Washington,the Chinese president,Mr.Xi Xinping,promised he would not militarise the South China Sea,Mr.Kerry pointed out.China responded that it has the right of self-defence on Woody Island.

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