China deploys missiles in South China Sea claiming “indisputable sovereignty”

China deploys missiles in South China Sea claiming “indisputable sovereignty”

Beijing, May 3 (TOI) China on Thursday defended the deployment of anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems in the disputed South China Sea saying it has “indisputable sovereignty” over the area.

China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea, China claims almost all of South China Sea. Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims.

“China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha (known as Spartly) islands and its affiliated islands,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here when asked about the reported of deployment of the missiles.

Vietnam and Taiwan have rival claims over Spratly islands.

“China’s activities in the South China Sea is to uphold our sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is our right,” she said.

Virtually confirming the deployment of the missiles, Hua said, “relevant deployment is not directed against any country. The relevant parties should not be concerned about this and should view this in an objective way.”

The US media reports earlier said China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea.

(The featured image at the top shows the South China Sea)