China secretly transferred missiles on disputed Islands

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When discussing the report during a regular news briefing on Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We're well aware of China's militarisation of the South China Sea".

Following shortly after reports that China installed radar-jamming equipment in the South China Sea, intelligence assessments have now confirmed that missiles have also been installed on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, and Mischief Reef of the Spratly Islands, located west of the Philippines.

"The Philippine government must condemn in strongest terms the militarization of the disputed islands, its an invasion and a display of lack of respect for a country whose leader have continuously shown a public display of affection to the Chinese government", Erice said in a text message to reporters.

According to sources close to the United States intelligence, the recent missiles were installed by the Chinese military in the last 30 days in the disputed South China Sea.

The three features where China allegedly installed missile systems are also being claimed by the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon confirmed that Chinese military personnel have used lasers against U.S. military planes in Djibouti.

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"With our recently developed close relationship and friendship with China, we are confident that those missiles are not directed at us", Roque said.

"Those who don't intend to violate [this sovereignty] have no reason to worry", she said.

"China, of course, has a unique responsibility as a permanent member of the Security Council, to uphold peace and security around the world".

CNBC reported that anti-ship cruise missiles have been identified as YJ-12B missiles which possess a range of 295 nautical miles.

In 2013, China began large-scale construction of artificial Islands in the waters of the South China sea that can provide him strategic control over the region. Any peaceful activities, including the deployment of necessary national defence facilities, have been created to safeguard China's sovereignty and security. The HQ-9B long-range surface-to-air missile, on the other hand, can target aircraft, drones, and cruise missiles within 160 nautical miles. The same month, Australian warships on their way to Vietnam were challenged by the Chinese navy as they traversed the South China Sea, leading Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to assert Australia's right to travel in these global waters.