China installs missiles on three South China Sea outposts

China installs missiles on three South China Sea outposts:

CHINA has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea, US news network CNBC reports, citing sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports.

The move, if confirmed, would mark the first Chinese missile deployments in the Spratly Islands, where several Asian countries including Vietnam and Taiwan have rival claims.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said the Australian Government would be “concerned” if the reports were accurate.

The Minister refused to comfirm or deny any Australian intelligence about the missiles.

But she said: “If the media reports are accurate, then the Australian Government would be concerned because this would be contrary to China’s stated aspiration that it would not militarise these features.”

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