maandag 3 juli 2017

China Builds Illegal Surface-To-Air Missile Sites In South China Sea

New satellite images show that China has added reinforced launch sites for illegal surface-to-air missiles on at least three of China's illegal artificial islands in the Spratly Islands: Fiery Cross, Mischief Reef and Subi Reef. While unarmed launch sites are not, by themselves, a danger to anyone, they are one step away from armed launch sites. In December, China moved SA-21 anti-aircraft missile batteries with a 250-mile range to the island province of Hainan for training. For the time being, they remain inside China, but could be moved outside China to the illegal military bases in the South China Sea, where they could be used to target any aircraft, including American unarmed surveillance flights. China has claimed the entire South China Sea as its sovereign territory, and has built artificial islands and military bases. However, these claims and activities were declared illegal in a ruling by the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague, in a case brought by the Philippines. So all of these activities by the Chinese are in violation of international law, although the Chinese don't care about international law except as it applies to the West.
# Fiery Cross Reef continues is the most advanced of China’s illegal bases, with new missile shelters, radar/communications facilities, and other infrastructure...

Fiery Cross Reef continues is the most advanced of China’s illegal bases, with new missile shelters, radar/communications facilities, and other infrastructure (AMTI)

Furthermore, China promised in 2014 that the artificial islands would not be used for military purposes. That was obviously a lie, and in fact any promises that Chinese officials make can be assumed to be lies, as has been shown this week by the situation in Hong Kong. On Sunday, an American warship, the USS Stethem, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, which is part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Triton Island is clearly in international waters, and the Stethem was performing a "freedom of navigation operation" (FONOP). These operations have been going on for years in order to defy China's illegal annexation of the South China Sea, and to establish that the South China Sea is international waters through which any ship may pass. However, China launched a protest, claiming that the Stethem violated its sovereignty.
# According to a statement from China's foreign ministry: "Under the pretext of ‘freedom of navigation,’ the US side once again sent a military vessel into China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Paracel Islands without China’s approval. The Chinese side strongly urges the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative operations that violate China’s sovereignty and threaten China’s security. The Chinese side will continue to take all necessary means to defend national sovereignty and security. China dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to warn off the US vessel. The Chinese side is dissatisfied with, and opposed to, the relevant behavior of the US side." Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
China actually has no sovereignty to be "violated" in that region, as the United Nations Hague Tribunal has ruled, but Chinese thugs do what they want irrespective of international law. As regular readers know, China has been aggressively preparing for full-scale war with the United States for years. They've developed one nuclear ballistic missile system after another, and manufactured perhaps hundreds of those missiles, with no other purpose than to destroy American cities, military bases and aircraft carriers. In the South China Sea, China has been building illegal artificial islands and illegal military bases, clearly in preparation to declare war on its neighbors. Generational Dynamics predicts that, at a time of its choosing, China will launch a preemptive war against its neighbors and against the United States.... Fox News and (Australia)