China says deployment of an advanced missile system to a disputed island in the South China Sea would be its right under international law. Julie Noce reports.
Taiwan and the U.S. says China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system on an island in the South China Sea. Woody Island is technically under Chinese control, but is also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam. News of the deployment gave Taiwan's president elect pause for concern. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) TAIWAN PRESIDENT-ELECT, TSAI ING-WEN, SAYING: "It is a comparably tense situation. So we call on all sides to stick to the principle of resolving the dispute over the South China Sea in a peaceful manner. Self-restraint is most important." China's playing down the reports suggesting both that it was drummed up by Western media and that it had a right to self defense. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to reporters during a news conference in Beijing. This is an attempt by Western media to create new stories, he said. And this is consistent to the self-preservation that China is entitled to under international law, so there should be no question about it. News of the missile deployment came as Obama and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations concluded a summit in California. The need to ease tensions in the region were discussed but there was no specific mention of China's assertive pursuit of its territorial claims there.