Vietnam Protests as China Lands Civilian Aircraft on Newly Constructed Spratly Airstrip

The status of China’s artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea hit a new milestone on Saturday.

China landed a civilian aircraft on Fiery Cross Reef, drawing a sharp reaction from the Vietnamese government. Le Hai Binh, a spokesperson for the Vietnamese foreign ministry, said that a Chinese aircraft had landed on the 3000 meter airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef. [READ MORE]