China in­stalls rock­ets in Spratlys

New Straits Times - - World -

BEIJING: China has in­stalled rocket launch­ers on a dis­puted reef in the South China Sea to ward off Viet­namese mil­i­tary com­bat divers. The state-run De­fence Times news­pa­per, in a Tues­day re­port on its WeChat ac­count, said Nor­inco CS/AR-1 55mm anti-frog­man rocket launcher sys­tems had been in­stalled on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Is­lands. The re­port said it was part of a re­sponse that be­gan in May 2014, when Viet­namese divers in­stalled large num­bers of fish­ing nets in the Para­cel Is­lands.

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