China installs rocket launchers in West Philippine Sea

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A rocket launchers installed by China on a disputed reef in the West Philippine Sea to prevent Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China’s ongoing military build-up. Installing the defense system was a part of a response that began in May 2014, when large numbers fishing net were installed by Vietnamese divers in Paracel Island. The report did not say when the rocket launchers was installed.

China’s militarization of its maritime outposts was criticized by the United States and emphasized the need of freedom of navigation by conducting periodic air and naval patrols near them that angered China.

The state-run Defense Times newspaper, in a Tuesday report on its WeChat account, said Norinco CS/AR-1 55mm anti-frogman rocket launcher defense systems with the capability to discover, identify and attack enemy combat divers had been installed on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands.

In a Tuesday’s report of the state-run Defense Times newspaper on its WeChat account, said Norinco CS/AR-1 55mm anti-frogman rocket launcher defense systems with the capability to discover, identify and attack enemy combat divers had been installed on Fiery Cross Reef which is administered by China but also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan, in the Spratly Islands.

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