China Deploys Surface-To-Air-Missiles On Disputed South China Sea Island

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Category: Politics / Feb 17, 2016 11:31AM EDT

China has deployed surface-to-air missiles to one of the disputed islands in the South China Sea, Taiwan and U.S. officials said.

“Interested parties should work together to maintain peace and stability in the South China Searegion and refrain from taking any unilateral measures that would increase tensions,” Reuters quoted Taiwan defense ministry spokesman Major General David Lo as saying Wednesday

A U.S. official told Fox News that the missiles placed on the Woody Island, part of the Paracel Island chain, appeared to be the HQ-9 air defence system. The missiles have a range of 125 miles, Reuters reported.

Satellite images show the beach on Woody Island was empty on February 3 and the missiles were visible on the beach by February 14, Reuters reported. The Island is also claimed by Taiwan and by Vietnam.