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.

“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.

 

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