CHINA has reportedly installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three reefs claimed by the Philippines in disputed waters of the South China Sea.
"China's peaceful construction in the Spratly archipelago, including the deployment of necessary national defense facilities, is aimed at protecting China's sovereignty and security", she said.
The spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, questioned on Thursday, did not confirm or deny the deployment. "We will continue carrying out our operations", he said. That range means they can be used for defense by engaging ships and aircraft that are attacking the Spratlys, but also that they can also project control of the sea and airspace around them against ships and aircraft merely traversing the skies around them.
According to the USA intelligence reports, Chinese military had deployed missiles to three artificial islands during recent military drills on the contested sea, CNN reported.
"Those who do not intend to be aggressive have no need to be anxious or scared", ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said.
"Be that as it may, we would explore all diplomatic means to address this issue", Roque added.
Before the new deployments were revealed, Admiral Philip Davidson, newly confirmed to be head of the U.S. Pacific Command, reported to Congress in May that China appeared to have completed its bases in the Spratly Islands, and that they only lacked deployed forces on them. "We're well aware of China's militarization of the South China Sea", she said, according to CNN. The YJ-12B has the capability to strike ships within a 295 nautical-mile radius, while the HQ-9B has the potential to target aircraft within 160 nautical miles.
"President Duterte must not forsake the sovereignty of our country to compensate for infrastructure contracts that he has scored with China", Castro said. "This is a trap", Alejano said.
"This is very alarming, as it is highly condemnable".
Duterte also said that China had already started building its installations in the Spratlys during the time of his predecessor, and that the Philippines' closest ally, the United States, did nothing to stop it. "China is effectively also implementing a creeping invasion of the Philippines, unfortunately, without even a whimper of protest from the Philippine government", he said.
Reports cited United States intelligence assessments that the missiles were deployed to (Kagitingan) Fiery Cross Reef, (Zamora) Subi Reef and (Panganiban) Mischief Reef within the past 30 days.
"The distance is as good as the distance between Quezon City to Taguig City".
Tinio demanded the immediate withdrawal of the missiles and the dismantling of Chinese bases in the disputed waters. "We should also initiate a regional security summit to raise global awareness on the WPS situation", he added, in reference to the July 2016 arbitral ruling that invalidated China's nine-dash line claim over almost all of the contested waters.
Joseph Felter, US deputy assistant secretary of defence for South and Southeast Asia, said the reported missile installation "absolutely looks like an effort to militarise these disputed features".