The United States has warned China of consequences regarding China's moves in the disputed South China Sea region. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at a discussion in San Francisco on Tuesday had said that China must not pursue militarization in the South China Sea and that specific actions will have specific consequences.
China in mid February had deployed HQ-9 surface-to-air missile launchers on Woody Island, part of Paracel Islands in the South China Sea which created controversy amongst South Asian countries. The HQ-9 is China's new generation medium-to long-range, active radar homing surface-to-air missile and is first Chinese defense system capable of intercepting ballistic missiles.
Accordingly, Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Yi said that Beijing was entitled to deploy defense infrastructure on the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. China for years has been involved in a dispute with many South Asia countries across the disputed island over the territorial jurisdiction which is believed to be rich in hydrocarbons.
Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines also claim jurisdiction in the waters. China has intensively been engaged in large-scale hydro-engineering and construction work on the expansion and development of the territories under its control.