China's land reclamation in South China Sea grows: Pentagon report




 
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China's land reclamation in South China Sea grows: Pentagon report
 
August 21st, 2015  
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Topic: China's land reclamation in South China Sea grows: Pentagon report


China's land reclamation in South China Sea grows: Pentagon report
China has reclaimed more land in the disputed Spratly islands of the South China Sea than previously known, according to a new Pentagon report, which says Beijing is also completing construction of a runway on one of its seven man-made outposts. Once the airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef is operational, China could potentially use it as an alternative runway for carrier-based planes, allowing the Chinese military to conduct "sustained operations" with aircraft carriers in the area, the report said. China's sole aircraft carrier, a Soviet-era ship bought from Ukraine and refitted in China, has carried out exercises in the South China Sea but is not yet fully operational.




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