PLA may build airfield on disputed South China Sea island


China, aided by the People’s Liberation Army Navy, may soon build a military facility on the disputed Johnson South Reef to expand its scope in the region, according to Duowei News, an outlet run by overseas Chinese.The reef, part of the contested Spratly islands in the South China Sea, is currently under Chinese administration but also claimed by Vietnam. It belongs to Sansha prefecture, a prefecture-level city of southern China’s Hainan province established in 2012, comprising the Spratly islands, the Paracel islands and the Macclesfield Bank. The entire Chinese territory is disputed.

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