China places missiles in South China Sea
washington - China has placed cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on three disputed islands in the South China Sea without disclosure. The American broadcaster CNBC reported on the basis of sources from American intelligence services that missiles have been placed that can hit ships more than 500 kilometers away.
The platforms for launching the missiles would have been placed in the last 30 days.
Chinese activities in the South China Sea are very sensitive. Beijing claims a large part of the sea to the annoyance of other countries in the region. The South China Sea is rich in fish, petroleum and natural gas and therefore of enormous economic importance. In addition to China, Vietnam and the Philippines are located on busy water.
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