China lands aircraft on another PH reef
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A Chinese military aircraft has landed on the last of three airstrips it had built at the disputed Spratly Islands, at a reef claimed by the Philippines that is close to an island occupied by Filipino troops. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think-tank, released satellite photos of the April 28 landing of the Shaanxi Y-8 military transport aircraft at Subi (Zamora) Reef on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), and said the Philippines should be concerned. “With this deployment, military aircraft have now verifiably landed on all three of China’s airstrips in the Spratly Islands,” the AMTI said in a report.
Reyes, D. (2018, May 11). China lands aircraft on another PH reef. The Manila Times, pp. A1, A2.
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Aircraft; Territorial waters; Disputes; Military operations; Satellite mosaics; Continental shelves; International law; Law of the sea; Satellite sensing; Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI); Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN); Chinese Coast Guard (CCG)
- The Manila Times