In Latest "Military Escalation" China Prepares Deployment Of SAM Batteries On South China Sea Islands

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In China's latest test of the US response to its escalating claims of islands in the South China Sea, Reuters reports that Beijing has "nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles." Predictably, such a development will likely raise questions about whether and how the United States will respond, given its vows to take a tough line on China in the South China Sea. The structures appear to be 20 meters (66 feet) long and 10 meters (33 feet) high.

Official cited by Reuters said the new structures were likely to house surface-to-air missiles that would expand China's air defense umbrella over the islands. They did not give a time line on when they believed China would deploy missiles on the islands. "It certainly raises the tension," Poling said. "The Chinese have gotten good at these steady increases in their capabilities."

China's Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea

Building the concrete structures with retractable roofs on Subi, Mischief and Fiery Cross reefs, part of the Spratly Islands chain where China already has built military-length airstrips, could be considered a military escalation, the U.S. officials said in recent days, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It is not like the Chinese to build anything in the South China Sea just to build it, and these structures resemble others that house SAM batteries, so the logical conclusion is that's what they are for," said a U.S. intelligence official, referring to surface-to-air missiles.

Greg Poling, a South China Sea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said in a December report that China apparently had installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the islands it has built in the South China Sea.

On Tuesday, the Philippines said Southeast Asian countries saw China's installation of weapons in the South China Sea as "very unsettling" and have urged dialogue to stop an escalation of "recent developments." Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay did not say what provoked the concern but said the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations, or ASEAN, hoped China and the United States would ensure peace and stability.

A Pentagon spokesman said the United States remained committed to "non-militarization in the South China Sea" and urged all claimants to take actions consistent with international law. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wednesday he was aware of the report, though did not say if China was planning on placing missiles on the reefs. "China carrying out normal construction activities on its own territory, including deploying necessary and appropriate territorial defense facilities, is a normal right under international law for sovereign nations," he told reporters.

Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that China's building of islands and putting military assets on them was "akin to Russia's taking Crimea" from Ukraine. In his written responses to follow-up questions, he softened his language, saying that in the event of an unspecified "contingency," the United States and its allies "must be capable of limiting China's access to and use of" those islands to pose a threat.

A U.S. intelligence official said that while the structures do not pose a significant military threat to U.S. forces in the region, given their visibility and vulnerability, the construction is a political test of how the Trump administration would respond, he said. "The logical response would also be political – something that should not lead to military escalation in a vital strategic area," the official said.

Chas Freeman, a China expert and former assistant secretary of defense, said he was inclined to view such installations as serving a military purpose - bolstering China's claims against those of other nations - rather than a political signal to the United States. "There is a tendency here in Washington to imagine that it's all about us, but we are not a claimant in the South China Sea," Freeman said. "We are not going to challenge China's possession of any of these land features in my judgment. If that's going to happen, it's going to be done by the Vietnamese, or ... the Filipinos ... or the Malaysians, who are the three counter-claimants of note."

He said it was an "unfortunate, but not (an) unpredictable development."

The latest escalation over territorial claims in the contested area comes days after the US resumed "routine" aircraft carrier patrols in the South China Sea, a decision which China yesterday slammed as "threatening and dangerous."

For now, the Trump administration - after vocally challenging China's geopolitical ambitions in the contested maritime areas - has not provided a diplomatic response to China's "tests" of its resolve.

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UnclePhester (not verified) stocker84 Feb 22, 2017 7:56 AM

China realizes they are a threat to the Chew World Order, as Does Mother Russia.


I'll stand with both of them!

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mind reset (not verified) UnclePhester Feb 22, 2017 7:59 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

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UnclePhester (not verified) mind reset Feb 22, 2017 8:35 AM

but you spend $6999 a month on mouthwash, to get te Jism taste out of your mouth afer servicing the Ashkenazi Boyz Choir 24/ it really worth it?


You must really  love your new job, Barak!

Escrava Isaura's picture

Let’s put the title into perspective:

China Prepares Deployment On South China, Their Cuban Islands


Justin Case's picture

It's a strategic defence location to avert military strikes on the main land and to keep the freedom of navigation open through their exclusive economic zone. Same strategy merica uses in the Strait of Hormuz. Blockade of those areas are economically sensitive to the reliant parties on the flow of goods through there. Be it oil or manufactured goods, the economies that depend on it would be devistated if it was blocked.

mary mary's picture

Same thing the USA does in the Caribbean, also?

SilverRhino's picture

I think a 5 Megaton torpedo would do nicely. 

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

Let's hope you can get it all the way up your ass, bon apetite cunt.

mary mary's picture

700 B.J.s a month?  Is that really doable?

BullyDog's picture

Knocking on your door in 10 minutes to discuss further the tasty benefits of spam to a toothless moron.

Lordflin's picture

China is nothing more than another criminal cartel. Welcome to the mob wars... they will call it world war three if there is anyone left to talk about it.

mary mary's picture

The expatriate Chinese do exactly the same things the expatriate Israelis do.  And they've been doing it longer.  One might almost suspect that the expatriate Israelis learned most of what they do from watching the expatriate Chinese.  The two groups seem to share a talent for copying, and then claiming they invented.

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The Saint (not verified) UnclePhester Feb 22, 2017 1:01 PM

I think if China fires a SAM at one of our aircraft from one of those man made islands that Trump will turn that island back into an underwater reef - in minutes.


83_vf_1100_c's picture

I drppoed a down arrow as soon as i saw dailywestern by reflex, sorry. Realized my mistake and greened to cancel it out.

silverer's picture

Imagine. Building those artificial islands right off the US coastline. Damn these aggressive Chinese. Next thing you know, they'll be building Chinese restaurants right in the US to hire college graduates as bartenders and waitresses.

Oldwood's picture

Well we do know that foreign nationals have constitutional rights, so don't be surprised to see PF Chang with SAM batteries in America.

Agstacker's picture

Or even try to drive out the left coast socialists from Vancouver and Seattle by pricing them right out of the housing market!

Lordflin's picture

Imagine building those islands right off the coast of Canada or Mexico... and believe me, it is not my opinion that the US has the high ground here... they are all dirty. Of the three principle power centers, Russia, China, NATO, Russia has the cleanest hands... never thought I would be saying that... China is just as interested in hegemony as NATO.

And please don't remind me that we have military bases all around the world... my point is that NATO and China want the same thing with Russia caught in the middle... metaphorically and literally.

The world is rapidly marching to war and what we have now is the overture to a symphony of unprecedented destruction.

Boubou's picture

Yes, they are drumming up a war as fast as they can and 4 billion kentucky fried people  don't worry them.

They have their bunkers. Actually the golden haired wariors have never given a toss about people one way or the other, so long as they don't get in their way.

They just go staright ahead with their domination games as they always have since history began.

SmilinJoeFizzion's picture

I hear General Tso makes a wicked chicken

shovelhead's picture

"Panda Express will own America...You will bow before our fried noodles."

spanish inquisition's picture

How dare they defend their own territory. Why that would of been an excellent place for our missles pointed at China! The nerve.

Dg4884's picture

And the MIC just keeps marching on.  Anyone got any SPF 2,000 flashburn sunscreen I can borrow?

Han Cholo's picture

That's what I am thinking. This "base" is of little consequence. What is a SAM battery going to do against a nuclear torpedo launch?

mccvilb's picture

Moot point. They will be under water in another two years if Peter Wadhams is correct.

BeansMcGreens's picture

Quick everybody, do your part for National Security, go right now and burn an old tire in your backyard. We can have those islands underwater in one year if we all pull together as a team.

Mike Masr's picture

Story says, Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that China's building of islands and putting military assets on them was "akin to Russia's taking Crimea" from Ukraine.

Sorry, but Russia didn't take Crimea from Ukraine! That's fake news!

Crimea’s reunification with Russia

The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of authorities brought to power amidst a violent US sponsored  coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11, 2014. They held a referendum on March 16, 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification deals March 18, 2014.

TAALR Swift's picture

Have you never been to a job interview and said what the boss wanted to hear? 

Nobody does that, right? 

mary mary's picture

Watch what people do, not what they say.

pc_babe's picture

One well aimed typhoon ... problem solved.
How'd you like to b the 'lil bastard ordered to man his post on the godforsaken barnacle. Bhahaaaa

For my party and country!!

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

And just where the fuck do you'll go when the 'well aimed' retaliation strikes? Some people here are so stupid it defies me.

stocker84's picture

If you're so defied, perhaps it is you that is stupid.


Hmmm think about that... Stupid!

RawPawg's picture

blah,blah,blah...everybody been building up for this "showdown" for years

i done decided,this ain't gonna "go live" in my lifetime

but,i'll keeping stacking, just in case

Pliskin's picture

Let's see what sinks first, USS Aircraft carrier or these Islands, I don't give a fuck either way let's see lots of dead US Navy boys...that'll be fun!  They're snowflakes anyway right?  So better off dead?  Right?  ZHers right?  Yeh, fuck em, death to the invaders, let em eat cock at the bottom of the South China Sea, good enough for 'em!

Don't agree?  Then you are a Liberal, Demo, SJW, snowflake!!

Fuck you and the pathetic piece of shit USS Gayboy carrier you sailed in on!!


Pliskin's picture

Whingeing, whining fucking cunts, I'd say the same if it was Chinese carriers off the U.S coast, sink em, lets see lots of dead young boys and girls!!

mary mary's picture

Often, it's not what one says, but the way one says it, that offends.  People join the military because there are few jobs in industry and service.  There are few jobs in industry and service because the Trotskyites sent the factories overseas and brought in cheap Latin American workers to serve them.  So please don't blame the people who joined the military.  Blame the Trotskyites.

Pliskin's picture

Suck a dick, snowflake!  The U.S. fucking loves war, what's wrong with you?  Give the people what they want!!



Xena fobe's picture

You're not making sense.  What is your point? You sound like a raving lunatic. 

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UnclePhester (not verified) Pliskin Feb 22, 2017 8:38 AM

I think your 'mommy' is calling you for your morning enema, Barak.


Don't keep Michael Lavaughn waiting, he's far more muscular than you.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Don't agree?  Then you are a Liberal, Demo, SJW, snowflake!!"

I dont agree.

As for your other adhominems, you are simply incorrect. 

I expect more from Pliskin

NuYawkFrankie's picture

Time to rubber-room mattoid Mad-Dog Mattis....

Winston Churchill's picture

Groundhog day.

ZH reported this last year.

Slow news day Tyler ?

shovelhead's picture

Rather read about Greece again?

mary mary's picture

Talked to a lady from Greece yesterday.  She said noone she knows understands why Greece went on the Euro.  Greece was far more competitive using its own drachma.  Lots of business immediately went from Greece to Turkey, since Turkey didn't have to artificially inflate its prices the way Greece had to when it went on the Euro.

The Trotskyites have certainly taken over most of Europe.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time

thats a lot of bj's

mary mary's picture

:-)    :-)    :-)   :-)   :-)   (I hope you don't mind if I use that myself.  You are the genius originator, though.)