China installs rocket launchers on disputed reef
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China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea to ward off Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China’s ongoing military build-up. News about the installation of rocket launchers on Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef came on Tuesday as China and the Philippines prepared to open bilateral talks aimed at resolving their territorial dispute on the South China Sea. The talks will begin on Friday in Guiyang Cty, in China's Guangzhou, according to Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana.
Corrales, Nestor. (2017, May 18). China installs rocket launchers on disputed reef. Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A2.
Territorial waters; Disputes; Military operations; Artificial islands; Land reclamation; International law; Law of the sea; Exclusive economic zone; Bilateral agreements; Navigation; Fishing rights; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; Chinese Coast Guard; Sta. Romana, Jose Santiago; Duterte, Rodrigo