Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that China is entitled to secure Spratly Islands and its adjacent waters amid reports that anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems were installed in Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef, Zamora (Subi) Reef and Panganiban (Mischief) Reef in the Spratly Islands.
“China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters,” Hua Chunying said during the May 3 press conference.
“Our peaceful construction activities on the Nansha Islands, including the deployment of necessary national defense facilities, are meant to safeguard China’s sovereignty and security, which is also the rights a sovereign state is entitled to,” she added.
She added that the relevant deployment targets no one.
“Anyone with no invasive intention will find no reason to worry about this. We hope that the relevant party could view this matter in an objective and calm way,” she noted. ” I must stress that China is a big country in terms of trade, and also a staunch champion of regional peace and stability. We will continue to work with all countries to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.”
According to CNBC’s sources, the missile systems were installed in the past 30 days. CNBC said in the report that the YJ-12B land-based anti-ship cruise missiles allow China to strike surface vessels within 295 nautical miles of the reefs.
It added that the long-range surface-to-air missiles designated as HQ-9B, have an expected range of targeting aircraft, drones and cruise missiles within 160 nautical miles.
Sources: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1556501.shtml; https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/02/china-added-missile-systems-on-spratly-islands-in-south-china-sea.html