China builds shelters for missile systems in South China Sea - UPI.com
UPI reports: "China has built structures to house surface-to-air missile systems at
three outposts in the disputed Spratly Islands, according to a U.S.
think tank. [...] The presence of SAM batteries on the islands would strengthen China's
defense capabilities throughout the nine-dash line, a demarcation line
used by China to claim large areas of the South China Sea."
China opposes U.S. naval patrols in South China Sea - Reuters
reports: "China said on Tuesday it opposed action by other countries
under the pretext of freedom of navigation that undermined its
sovereignty, after a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in
the contested South China Sea.
The U.S. navy said the strike group, including the Nimitz-class aircraft
carrier the USS Carl Vinson, began "routine operations" in the South
China Sea on Saturday amid growing tension with China over control of
the disputed waterway. [...]
Beijing last week warned Washington against
challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea. It claims almost all
of the resource-rich waters, through which about $5 trillion worth of
trade passes each year. Brunei,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim parts of the
South China Sea that command strategic sea lanes and have rich fishing
grounds, along with oil and gas deposits."
Comment: It's scary to realize that war in the South China Sea is inevitable. It may not happen for years, but it seems like China is set on this course.