Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly finished




 
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Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly finished
 
July 2nd, 2015  
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Topic: Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly finished


Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly finished
(Reuters) - China has almost finished building a 3,000-metre-long (10,000-foot) airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new satellite photographs of the area show. A U.S. military commander had told Reuters in May that the airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef could be operational by year-end, although the June 28 images suggest that could now be sooner. The airstrip will be long enough to accommodate most Chinese military aircraft, security experts have said, giving Beijing greater reach into the heart of maritime Southeast Asia.




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