|The Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to one of its contested islands in the South China Sea. The imagery from ImageSat International (ISI) shows two batteries of eight 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.|
This provides more evidence that China is increasingly "militarizing" its islands in the South China Sea. It is the same island chain where a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed a few weeks ago. China at the time vowed “consequences” for the action. Woody Island is also claimed by Taiwan and by Vietnam.
Aerial view of the city of Sansha on an island in the disputed Paracel chain.
Chinese construction on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
|A U.S. official confirmed the accuracy of the photos. The official said the imagery viewed appears to show the HQ-9 air defense system.|
In the past two years, China has built over 3,000 acres of territory atop seven reefs in the area. There are a total of three runways built on three of the artificial islands.
|It is this very strong belief we are on the brink of some serious consequences moving forward here citizens.|