China continued to increase military presence on the disputed woody island (Usindo) in the South China sea, which a week ago had posted anti-aircraft missiles HQ-9.
As reported by the American channel Fox News, citing two us officials, this time on the largest island of the Paracel archipelago (Sand Islands) in 1974 under the control of the PRC have been sent fighters Shenyang J-11 and Xian JH-7 that U.S. intelligence spotted over the past few days.
Shenyang J-11 is Chinese multipurpose fighter jet, similar to the Soviet su-27 fighter produced by the Shenyang aircraft Corporation, Xian JH-7 — fighter-bomber, designed to replace front-line bomber Harbin H-5 bomber and the Nanchang Q-5.
Against this background, the message has been cancelled scheduled for 23 February visit of Chinese foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Pentagon. The press service of the Ministry of defence said it had to do because of the crudity of the graphics, but, as the Japan Times, on the initiative of any party cancelled the visit, remained unclear.
But strengthening the military structure of China on the island has become one of the topics discussed at the conference in Washington on 23 February, the Minister of foreign Affairs Wang Yi met with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, however, according to Fox News, the head of the state Department refrained from making direct accusations against China. He said that Beijing should stop to build weapons on the island, and the Chinese Minister expressed the hope that the US will stop patrolling the disputed Islands.
During the press conference Wang stressed that the Islands are historically part of China, and China intends to protect its territorial integrity and Maritime interests. At the same time, Beijing has traditionally decides the disputed issues through dialogue and consultation. The Chinese Minister stressed that the issue of the disputed territories should not be a problem in the relations between China and the U.S. and the situation in the South China sea is more stable than in other regions of the world.
The foreign Minister noted that military presence of Beijing in the South China sea is no different from what the US doing in Hawaii.
In Hawaii, hosts the Pacific regional naval base in the U.S., is now a large number of weapons and live 45 thousand military and 547 thousand members of their families. Comparing the Chinese Minister refers to increasing in 2015 to the struggle of indigenous peoples of the Hawaiian Islands for independence. Recall, last spring, residents of Alaska and Hawaii complained to the UN about the «illegal annexation» and «occupation» of its territories. In particular, Hawaiian Complainants argued that «the United States’ invasion of Hawaii in 1893 it was taken in violation of bilateral treaties and international law».
New messages on the arms of the disputed Islands China has caused sharp criticism from the U.S. military, contrasting with the restraint Kerry. The captain of naval forces of the United States Darrin James, the representative of the Pacific command, called China’s actions «destabilizing.» Admiral Harry Harris, the head of U.S. Pacific command U.S. armed forces, even before the Washington press conference, Kerry and van And noticed that the militarization of the Islands by the Chinese «the landscape is changing the balance of power» in the South China sea, adding: «to Think otherwise is to believe the Earth is flat», Reuters quotes Harris. He added that government sources have confirmed the delivery of fighter aircraft to woody island, and this raises questions about Beijing for the purposes of this posting. «I believe China seeks hegemony in East Asia,» he added.
Harris also stated that the presence of the force and the naval patrols of the U.S. in the South China sea is necessary to ensure freedom of navigation, because this waterway is a trade worth more than five trillion dollars a year.
17 February it became known that China has placed on woody island (Chinese name — Usindo) «two batteries of eight anti-aircraft missiles HQ-9 («junzi-9″), and the radar system».
China for decades, haggling with several countries of the region regarding the territorial belonging of a number of Islands in the South China sea, offshore which were found significant reserves of hydrocarbons. We are talking about the Sand archipelago (Paracel Islands), Nansha Islands (the Spratly) and yellow rock (Scarborough shoal), which, in addition to China, are a number of countries of the Association of South-East Asia, including Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Prior to the meeting of foreign Ministers of the US and China, Beijing has deployed fighter jets in disputed woody island 24.02.2016