China installs cruise missiles on South China Sea outposts: Report
Reuters | Updated: May 3, 2018, 16:15 IST
WASHINGTON: China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea, US news network CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports.
The installations, if confirmed, would mark the first Chinese missile deployments in the Spratly Islands, where several Asian countries including Vietnam and Taiwan have rival claims.
China has made no mention of any missile deployments but says its military facilities in the Spratlys are purely defensive, and that it can do what it likes on its own territory.
China's Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest report.
The foreign ministry said China has irrefutable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and that its necessary defensive deployments were for national security needs and not aimed at any country.
"Those who do not intend to be aggressive have no need to be worried or scared," ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing.
China "hopes relevant parties can objectively and calmly view this", she added.
Last month, US Admiral Philip Davidson, nominated to head US Pacific Command, said China's "forward operating bases" in the South China Sea appeared complete.
Vidyanand Shetty-18 hours ago
someone like it or not china will rule the world for the next 20 years
S D-Kolkata-20 hours ago
China will say it is defensive but later will say, offense is the best defense.
mudit sharma-Pune-18 hours ago
For China, it''s population work as it''s strength and for us it''s the other way around.
Sn-New Delhi-18 hours ago
A solid move by China to assert its ownership on islands and reiterate its resolve regardless of bark..others may make..
N nnnn-Nnnn-18 hours ago
What about US 700 Overseas bases.
Are there no Cruise Missiles!!
This Indian Media is spreading western propaganda against China and Russia!
Graham-Richmond-18 hours ago
Yankies got what they wanted. Yankies were so fond of chinese. These days yankies get everything from china. Made in america is just a past thing. China is strong and competing with yankies..