China Puts Missiles On Disputed Islands, Says West Should Ignore Them, Focus On Lighthouses

Tyler Durden's picture

China may not have troops or planes in Syria but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a part of World War III.

Even as the eyes of the world are now trained squarely on the Mid-East where the Russian and Iranian assault on Aleppo is set to draw the Saudis and the Turks into a ground war, the dispute over a tiny chain of islands in the South China Sea is still simmering.

Beijing has built some 3,000 acres of new sovereign territory atop reefs in the Spratlys, in what is now a long-running effort to expand the country’s maritime capabilities in waters China claims as its own.

The world began to take notice early last year and before you knew it, Washington’s regional allies were exceptionally upset with China’s “sandcastle” construction, which some view as an illegitimate attempt to militarize the island chain at the expense of peace and stability.

For its part, China says it has every right to do as it pleases in the Spratlys and in fact, at least one Chinese official has said that the PLA would be well within its rights to forcibly expel any country who seeks to occupy islands China doesn’t control.

Tensions escalated in May when China threatened a Poseidon spy plane with a CNN crew aboard and the situation was exacerbated further in October when the US finally “went there” and sent a warship to the islands in what the US dubbed a “freedom of navigation” exercise.

Through it all, China has indicated that it may establish what amounts to a no-fly zone over the islands and now, it appears the PLA is ready to make good on that threat because as Fox News first reported (yes, that’s right, Fox News somehow managed to get an exclusive) last night, China has deployed surface-to-air missile system on Woody Island.

The imagery from ImageSat International (ISI) shows two batteries of eight surface-to-air missile launchers as well as a radar system on Woody Island, part of the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea,” Fox said, adding that “the missiles arrived over the past week [as] the beach on the island was empty on Feb. 3, but the missiles were visible by Feb. 14.”

“A U.S. official confirmed the accuracy of the photos,” Fox goes on to claim. “The official said the imagery viewed appears to show the HQ-9 air defense system, which closely resembles Russia’s S-300 missile system [and] has a range of 125 miles.”

Here are the images:

"Asked about the missiles at a briefing in Beijing, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that limited self-defense facilities on Woody Island are consistent with China’s self-protection policies and international law," Bloomberg reports. "He described the report as Western media hype." He also said the West should focus more on the lighthouses China has built on the islands which should help to protect the $5 trillion in shipping that moves through the region each year.

Right. It's all "Western media hype." This is just the PLA putting air defense systems in place on islands that China is definitely not militarizing. Nothing to see here, move along...

“This calls into direct question the seriousness of President Xi’s statement [that China doesn't seek to militarize The South China Sea]," U.S. Pacific Command chief Harry Harris said. 

Yes, it most certainly does and now that the HQ-9s are in place, you can expect to see more incidents like the one recorded below. 

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Syrin's picture

It's not just our leaders who are bat shit crazy.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Typical Empire arrogance by the US. The Empire can place their weapons wherever the hell they want because the Empire is the epitome of purity. But if anyone else does it, they are evil and must be destroyed.

And the west just eats up the narrative. It's good to be the king.

InjectTheVenom's picture

>>>>  WW3 has already started

>>>>   WW3 coming

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) InjectTheVenom Feb 17, 2016 10:51 AM

I think this situation calls for some fraternization with some of those Chinese soldier girls.

Son of Loki's picture

Let ME be the first to make the sacrifice to go check those islands out:

SMG's picture

The coming WWIII is all a setup for a One World Governement.

"The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the "agentur" of the "Illuminati" between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion…We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time."

Here's a good analysis of the plan for WWIII to help you get ready.




HowdyDoody's picture

What's the old saying? Possession is nine points of the law?



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Surviver22 (not verified) HowdyDoody Feb 17, 2016 2:07 PM

Obama will not finish his second term! Banned independent documentary reveals the truth. This will scare millions! Current Events Linked to Ancient Biblical Prophecy.

Motasaurus's picture

The United States isn't Babylon. The world has to mourn the loss of Babylon. 99% of the world will rejoice at the desctruction of the United States.

gallistic's picture

"Tenths" of the law...

Spot-on observation.

kiwidor's picture

the saying is, "possession is nine tenths of the law".   the reality is, possession is all of the law.



TonyRUs's picture

no fraternization for you

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I think that the situation calls for a prophylactic approach: An oral injection of Potassium Iodide to these GI Jills, to front-run any radioactive fallout in the area.

omniversling's picture

Where is Jack when we need him?

(Kennedy, not Bauer)

NoDebt's picture

Are we gonna have to take over the Phillipines to once again show just how far OUR territorial waters extend?

peddling-fiction's picture

<< War is a possibility

<< Ouch, I´m sensitive /lol

Nah, just take say 6B from Japan and relocate the U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam with an extra 10B investment.

Maybe Okinawa would be too close (640km) for comfort due to Chinese short and medium-range ballistic missiles.

Could this mean that Japan is slated to participate in a melee with China?

rubiconsolutions's picture

Yeah, because the US has never put missiles or planes on an island thousands of mile away and displaced the native population. Or has it? See: Diego Garcia

Badsamm's picture

I think Diego belongs to the British, we just borrow some space

J Jason Djfmam's picture

The U.S. should focus on the fact that Woody Island

is full of Sino Sluts in Blue Camo!

StychoKiller's picture

Drop me amidst a bunch of Sino-Sluts, and I guarantee that Woody Island will have some 'Wood!' :>D

LordBuckFast's picture

It looks like we are heading towards WW3 and there is nothing we can do to stop it!

The truth is the war has already been lost by the west and the elite do not give a damn, as they will soon be looking to run and hide in those nice underground bunkers paid for with citizens taxes, after we enter a full economic collapse and the commencement of WW3, plus they will make sure that there are enough Jihadi’s in the West to start a race war.

That should be enough to cover up the failed fiat ponzi scheme and take care of the ‘excessive’ population!

Yet another example of why we (western nations) are heading towards the abyss......


ToSoft4Truth's picture

'Beijing has built...  atop reefs'


Where's Bob Barker?

aliki's picture

those girls standing next to the ocean give a whole-new meaning to the term "chinese water tourture"

NoWayJose's picture

The problem with a coral island is that you cannot hide the missiles underground. You can bet the US satellites are tracking their location, and they are useless against cruise missiles - so placing them on the island is purely symbolic!

BlindMonkey's picture

S-300 target minimum altitude is 25 m.  That is far from purely symbolic.  They can take out incoming cruise missiles.

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

This is why battle ships have cannons. This is to keep plans from flying over without permission. Threats and symbolism untill someone loses an eye.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

25 m?  I'll pass.  You should too.

My slinghsot can shoot higher.  And when I was young...

p.s. Have you considered that the reason you are a Blind Monkey (with hairy palms), is because you've been shooting too much?

Zero Point's picture

If you launch a hundred of them?

Caleb Abell's picture

"... and they are useless against cruise missiles ..."


In the same manner that carrier battle groups (aka, radioactive reefs) are defenseless against dong feng carrier killer missiles.

Not to worry.  Like all gutless bullies, the US never attacks countries that can fight back.

HenryHall's picture

As best I understand these are surface to air missiles.

Which is to say they are purely defensive and are incpabable of being used to attack another country.

Presumably "the West" dislikes China being able to defend itself from attack.

aardvarkk's picture

Yes, it makes it SO much more difficult to kill people if they're shooting if they could just remove those pesky missiles and let us fly in unimpeded, that would be grrreeeeaaaatttt.  /Lumbergh

Son of Loki's picture

There’s a basic difference between Chinese and American soldiers; in fact, we don't need misslies...we can just drop our soldiers on them and crush the little people!




United States:

Freddie's picture

I am not sure that dude is an American soldier but this fat ass is:

He makes Private Gomer Pyle aka Vincent D'Ofornio in Full Metal Jacket look skinny. 

CheapBastard's picture

I, for one, would also prefer these slim peaceful beauties to the Walmart Hawgs and violent Thugs in America.

Dick Gazinia's picture

I hope they settle the next battle with a pie eating contest.

pipes's picture

Yeahhhh...and I'm going to need you to go ahead and leave all your mainland defenses down too...K? Thanks.

peddling-fiction's picture

@HenryHall said this about Chinese missiles being "purely defensive and are incapabable of being used to attack another country."


SAM missiles can be used for offensive purposes (aircraft in other sovereign air spaces) with the massive range that SAM systems have.

Longest reported target tracking range for S-300 SAM systems is approx. 200km.

For a S-400 it appears to double to 400km. It is only 370km to the Phillipines from the Spratly islands.

China will be the first to receive S-400 SAM systems from Russia.



HenryHall's picture

>> SAM missiles can be used for offensive purposes (aircraft in other sovereign air spaces) with the massive range that SAM systems have.


So how does that amount to attacking another country?

Do tell.

peddling-fiction's picture

Re-read my answer Henry.

"(aircraft in other sovereign air spaces)"

translates to Filipino aircraft flying in Philippine airspace.

omi's picture

How dare those Chinese have interest off their shore a little bit! We came 1000s of miles, and they bahave this way??

wesson's picture

So it appears that unlike Ukraine, when USA want to provide decent satellite photos as proof, they can.

JuliaS's picture

Pentagon's photoshop budget is up this year.

JustObserving's picture

Putting missiles on disputed islands is a very massive escalation.  Such extreme measures are used to divert the public from looming economic troubles.

The development, later confirmed by the Taiwanese defence ministry, reverberated through an Asean (Association of South-East Asian Nations) leaders’ meeting in California, hosted by Barack Obama. Several Asean countries have overlapping claims to islands and surrounding waters in the South China Sea, including Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and the Philippines. China claims most of the area, which is thought to have significant oil and gas reserves and is a route for roughly £3.17tn in trade.

The Vietnamese premier, Nguyen Tan Dung, on Monday called for the US to play a larger role in demilitarisation of the South China Sea and have a “stronger voice”.

Beijing’s reported ability to shoot down planes with anti-aircraft missiles is likely to alarm Asean members, who might add further pressure on the US to attempt to halt China’s military expansion.

BarkingCat's picture


The Vietnamese premier, Nguyen Tan Dung, on Monday called for the US to play a larger role in demilitarisation 




Is this guy 

a) stupid

b) senile

c) bribed



Kirk2NCC1701's picture

With a name like 'Tan Dung', you just know that he's "fighting for peace".

LawsofPhysics's picture

Blah blah blah...

Is the Yuan backed by gold yet?  Did the PBoC stop printing the fuck out of the Yuan?

Yes, it does look like 'merica has some catching up to do...

zeroboris's picture

HQ-9 air defense system, which closely resembles Russia’s S-300 missile system

Chinese should copy some russian EW Systems to blind spy planes.