China sends fighter jets to South China Sea island

south-china-sea-reef A satellite image released by the Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies shows construction of possible radar tower facilities in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea | Reuters

China has sent fighter jets to a disputed island in the South China Sea, where it deployed surface-to-air missiles earlier this month, US government sources said on Tuesday.

One US official, however, said China regularly sends jets to Woody Island, part of the Paracel archipelago controlled by Beijing. The deployment was first reported by Fox News.

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