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China anti-missile systems on the islands of the South-Chinese Sea ‘legitimate’

China anti-missile systems on the islands of the South-Chinese Sea ‘legitimate’

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China finds it “normal and legitimate” that the anti-missile systems and luchtafweersystemen has been placed on several islands in the South China Sea.

That leaves the Chinese government Thursday know in a comment on the news.

Wednesday, it was announced that The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), an American think-tank, on the basis of new satelietbeelden noted that China has different air defence systems on seven islands in the disputed South China Sea.

China says that this is a normal step is to have their territory to defend.

No right

Last summer, explained to the Chinese authorities, a decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague beside that concluded that the country has “no historical right” to the islands, which, according to the UN belong to Filipino territory.

China recognized the court did not and claimed in turn that it “reserves the right” on a luchtverdedigingszone over the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The conflict concerning the Paracel and Spratly islands, located between the coasts of Vietnam, China and the Philippines has been playing for years and China claims almost the entire sea, even reefs that are close to the Filipino coast. This leads already for a long time to the unrest between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

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