Taiwan: China has deployed missiles on South China Sea island

Hong Kong (CNN) – China has deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the Paracel chain in the South China Sea, the Taiwan government and senior U.S. military officials told CNN.

A statement by Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it had first-hand intelligence that confirmed the existence of missile batteries in the region hotly disputed by China and its neighbors.

U.S. officials told CNN that commercial satellite imagery showed the deployment.

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“The Taiwanese Defense Ministry has learned of China’s deployment of surface-to-air missiles on … Woody Island in the Paracel Islands. (Taiwan’s) military is closely monitoring further development of the situation,” the statement said.