China’s artificial island missile move: US warns ‘there will be consequences’

SLOWLY but surely, China has been positioning itself to seize control of the South China Sea.

Earlier this week, a new phase in this creeping land-grab was revealed with reports Beijing had in recent months installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on three of its illegal artificial outposts in the Spratly Islands.

The archipelago, also claimed by the Philippines, sits astride some of the busiest commercial shipping lanes and fishing grounds in the world.