Chinese Surface-To-Air Missiles Deployed On South China Sea Island While Obama Meets ASEAN Leaders In Peace Initiative

Kenneth Lim - Author

Jun. 7 2017, Updated 5:53 a.m. ET

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.

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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.”


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