BEIJING: A pair of Chinese civilian jet airliners landed at a newly created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea in a test to see whether its airstrip was up to standard, state media reported on Thursday.
The state-owned newspaper China Daily said the two planes on Wednesday made the two-hour flight to Fiery Cross Reef from Haikou on the southern island province of Hainan. It said the test flights proved the runway's ability to safely handle large civilian aircraft. Photos showed one of the planes to be a China Southern Airlines Airbus A319-115.
The flights followed an earlier test flight on Saturday that drew an angry protest from rival claimants Vietnam and the Philippines.
Rhythm Of Life
Chinese muscle flexing is going on!
This is China not scared of anyone
India needs to align itself with China for the long term. Anything else will be wasteful.
Anand Kumar Ks
Why not India build many such islands properly near Mumbai & even patch andaman nicobar lakshadweep & increase our territory
The sooner global powers unite to wipe out these islands the better it'll be in the long run.
Dont worry. The chinese economy is taking a slow plunge and slowly it will go into a recession forcing it cut all costs
May be India too ought to create artificial islands all over Inian ocean and Arabian Sea and Bzy of Bengal to alleviate the population problems in mega cities in main land. Wonder if Modi can spend billions on this most useful projects instead of wasting tax payers money visiting crowded and backward island nations
China is suffering with itching problem
If there was a similar area like coral reefs around the USA or Hawaii, the USA would also do the same. Why are they complaining
India ,u.s, Japan need to strengthen their marine power in s.china sea, as it's becoming uncontrollable chinese, who can't be guarded by small nations like Vietnam, Philippines, etc
if you have money you can do any thing as Dubai did
That's okay, now bring KIM to rule this island and test a hydrogen bomb here too :)