Vietnam deployed launchers in the South China Sea
Several islands in the South China Sea under Vietnam controls has been fortified with mobile rocket launchers so country could be able to strike Chinese military bases in the region.
Diplomats and military officers told that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into position on five bases in the Spratly islands in recent months, a move likely to raise tensions with Beijing, Reuters reports
Hidden from aerial surveillance, the launchers still should be armed, but they could operate with rocket artillery rounds within two or three days. The launchers are believed to be part of Vietnam’s “Extra” rocket artillery system recently acquired from Israel.
Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said the information was "inaccurate", without elaborating.
Vietnam is obviously trying to protect its islands as China started to build bases on its seven reclaimed islands in the Spratly archipelago.
"China has indisputable sovereignty over the Spratly islands and nearby waters," China’s Foreign Ministry said in a faxed statement on Wednesday. "China resolutely opposes the relevant country illegally occupying parts of China’s Spratly islands and reefs and on these illegally occupied Spratly islands and reefs belonging to China carrying out illegal construction and military deployments.”