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China Reportedly Redeploys Fighter Jets on Disputed Island
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:10:48 AM »
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China has again sent fighter jets to a disputed island where earlier this month it redeployed surface-to-air missiles and appears to be building a sophisticated radar system, according to U.S. officials.

Fewer than 10 jets ? a combination of Shenyan J-11 and Xian JH-7 aircraft ? have been spotted on Woody Island in the Paracel chain in the South China Sea, officials in Washington late Tuesday told reporters on the condition they not be named.

"We are very concerned that these actions are increasing tensions in the region and are counterproductive," the U.S. ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Nina Hachigian, told reporters on Wednesday.
The fighter jet sightings follow the placement of HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles on the 210-hectare island, known in Chinese as Yongxing and called Phu Lam by Vietnam, which also claims it.



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