China deploys fighter jets to contested island in S. China Sea

US intelligence services have spotted Chinese Shenyang J-11 and Xian JH-7 warplanes on disputed Woody Island, officials sayChina has deployed fighter jets to the same contested island in the South China Sea to which it also has sent surface-to-air missiles, US officials said. Citing two unnamed US officials, Fox News said US intelligence services had spotted Chinese Shenyang J-11 and Xian JH-7 warplanes on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel Islands chain over the past few days. Navy Captain Darryn James, a spokesman for US Pacific Command, confirmed the report but noted that Chinese fighter jets have previously used the island.

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