A Chinese surface-to-air missile system on a contested island in the South China Sea came to light while United States President Barack Obama wrapped up a maritime peace meet with Southeast Asian leaders on February 15-16, 2016. Fresh evidence of China “militarizing” despite its denials has thrown a wet rag on the summit’s aim in Sunnylands, California, to calm the waters of the South China Sea.
According to Fox News, ImageSat International (ISI) shots reveal two batteries of eight Chinese surface-to-air missile launchers, as well as a radar system, on Woody Island, part of the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea. A U.S. Navy destroyer, the U.S.S. Curtis Wilbur, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, another disputed island in the same chain on January 30, 2016, to which China threatened “consequences.”