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South China Sea war


This information came to light when China’s “state-run Defence Times newspaper said Norinco CS/AR-1 55mm anti-frogman rocket launcher defence systems with the capability to discover, identify and attack enemy combat divers had been installed on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands.” It is believed mainly to be aimed at deterring Vietnam which also has a claim to islands in the South China Sea.

The Independent:

China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea as it continues its ongoing military build-up.

Beijing, which insists military construction on the islands will be limited to necessary defensive requirements, installed the launchers to ward off Vietnamese combat divers.

It said it can do what it likes on its own territory, despite the islands being hotly disputed.


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See all news on Fiery Cross Reef and on South China Sea.

Fiery Cross Reef is in the middle of the map below.

20.8° N
90.4° E
135.4° E
1.7° S


Fiery Cross Reef, South China Sea

South China Sea (CS) is estimated to have a population of 0.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0 million.
Islands in this disputed sea have a total population in the low single figure thousands, mainly military garrisons from CN MY PH TW VN.