China has deployed missile batteries in disputed South China Sea islands: Taiwanese officials
BEIJING: Taiwan’s Defence Ministry claimed that China has deployed missile batteries on Woody Island in South China Sea.
He claimed that China has deployed advanced Surface to Air Missiles SAM system on the island as part of Paracel chain in the disputed sea.
He also claimed that China is militarizing islands in the South China Sea and boosting tensions in the region.
China’s Defence Ministry claimed that Woody Island is occupied by China for last 50 years and such facilities existed on the island for years.
He said “deployment of defense facilities in our own territory is appropriate and reasonable” and China has a legal right to protect its territorial sovereignty and integrity.
He also condemned the western media and called it propaganda against China.
His statement came after different news channels broadcasted satellite images of Woody Island which shows several missile batteries and support vehicles on the island.
Regional countries showed deep concerns over China’s act and called for a joint action.
According to the reports, its China’s reaction after the US-ASEAN meeting in California.
US has no claims of South China Sea but has serious concerns about territorial affects as 40% of the world trade pass through it.