Published on February 23, 2016 by

The United States has expressed deep concern about China’s apparent move to deploy long-range surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea.

Satellite images appear to show eight missile launchers and a radar system on Woody Island in the Paracels.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington expects to have “very serious” talks with China about its militarization of the South China Sea.

The Pentagon has urged all countries with claims in the region to address them in accordance with international law, and to commit to peacefully resolve their disputes.

Japan has expressed its concern over what it said was China’s “unilateral move to change the status quo” in the region.

Tokyo says it cannot accept China’s actions.
Beijing claims the new facilities are limited and necessary for self-defense.


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