New satellite images show that China has installed the weapons systems on all seven artificial Islands built in the contested waters of the South China sea, a move that is likely to have to disturb the neighbors of the country.
Image released as part of the Initiatives to ensure transparency in Maritime Asia, show anti-aircraft guns plus other weapons systems that will protect against cruise missiles. China has already built runways on these Islands, based on previous analysis from AMTI, according to the part of the Washington-based Center for strategic and international studies (CSIS). "Beijing is serious about the protection of their artificial Islands in the case of armed contingencies in the South China sea." "In addition, they would be the last line of defense against cruise missiles launched by the United States."
The conclusions of the organization came despite a promise from President XI Jinping that China has not the slightest intention of militarization of the Islands. China Ministry of foreign Affairs did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Some call Islands are China's "unsinkable aircraft carrier". China has already deployed missiles surface-to-air on woody island, part of the chain of Islands Parasel ' - West of the Spratly Islands.
The US takes no position on the territorial dispute in the South China sea, but its warships had an operation "freedom of navigation" near mastered the Islands, revealing the warning from Beijing. Harry Harris, commander of the Pacific command of the armed forces of the United States, said Wednesday that the United States was ready to confront Beijing in the contested waters.
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