CHINESE SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES DEPLOYED ON SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLAND WHILE OBAMA MEETS ASEAN LEADERS IN PEACE INITIATIVE

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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.
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.”
Obama hosted 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the U.S. for the first time as news of the Chinese surface-to-air missiles unfolded. In August 2015, ASEAN countries Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam jointly expressed their concerns over China’s unilateral projects in the South China Sea.
Two countries claiming exclusive economic zone (EEZ) violations by China are Vietnam and the Philippines. Vietnam has already engaged in military confrontations with China over contested reefs, resulting in Vietnamese lives lost. The Philippines, handicapped by a constitution that renounces war as an instrument of national policy, has sought other solutions.

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

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