PH alarmed at ’50-percent complete’ Chinese airstrip

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PH alarmed at ’50-percent complete’ Chinese airstrip

“It is alarming in the sense that it could be used for other purposes other than for peaceful use.” Armed Forces chief of staff General Gregorio Catapang Jr expressed this concern over reports that  China’s reclamation activities in Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef off the coast of Palawan in the West Philippine Sea, aimed at turning the rocky sandbar into an artificial island, are “maybe about 50% complete.” A Chinese airstrip will dramatically change the security situation in the West Philippine Sea, where 6 countries including Philippines and China have overlapping claims. Experts believe China will use that as a command base.

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