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    Protests Lodged Over Chinese Plane Landing on Artificial Island

    FILE - Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy.
    FILE - Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy.
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    Tensions are rising between China and its regional neighbors after Beijing tested out a runway on one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea. 

    A civilian plane landed on a runway on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, one of many islands and reefs in the South China Sea claimed by China and other Asia-Pacific nations, including Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines.  Vietnam has lodged a formal diplomatic protest with China over its action, while a spokesman for the Philippines Foreign Minister said Monday it was planning to take similar action. 

    A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry says aircraft were sent to the island to determine whether the runway conformed to civilian aviation standards.  Beijing launched a massive building project last year to transform the submerged reefs into islands that can support runways and other facilities. 

    U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday that China's test flight on Fiery Cross Reef "raises tensions and threatens regional stability."  Washington deployed a guided missile destroyer within 22 kilometers of the Subi Reef in the Spratly's last October on an operation aimed at establishing rules of "freedom of navigation" in international waters.

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    by: FREDERICK from: MALAYSIA
    January 05, 2016 12:38 PM
    love will bring the world out of economy mess...think good,say good n do good...

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 05, 2016 9:36 AM
    What's done is done, and China has extended it's ADIZ out past their little islands irregardless of what the US says or does, and it's irreversible unless a major hurricane washes their little islands away? .. think about it?

    by: Lou from: Atlanta
    January 05, 2016 9:10 AM
    This really isn't a big deal. The first tsunami that comes along will wipe the whole thing out!

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