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China Missile Move Sparks New Questions Over South China Sea

  • Kerry says there's `evidence every day' of military moves
  • Obama, Asean call for peaceful resolution of sea disputes
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press prior to talks with the Polish Foreign Minister at the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 17, 2016. Kerry slammed China for its increased 'militarization' in the strategically important South China Sea, after Taiwan said Beijing deployed surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island there.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press prior to talks with the Polish Foreign Minister at the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 17, 2016. Kerry slammed China for its increased 'militarization' in the strategically important South China Sea, after Taiwan said Beijing deployed surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island there.

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China sparked new questions about its intentions in the South China Sea after it deployed surface-to-air missiles to a contested island, a move that came just months after President Xi Jinping promised not to militarize the disputed atolls.

Satellite images showed two batteries of eight HQ-9 surface-to-air missile launchers and a radar system were deployed on Woody Islandsometime after Feb. 3, Fox News reported. That’s just days after the U.S. rebuffed China’s efforts to control one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes by sending a warship into the area.