Vietnam has accused China of violating its sovereignty and a confidence-building pact.
China has landed a plane on an airstrip which it has built on an artificial island in a contested part of the South China Sea. Rejecting the Vietnam claim, China said the matter is completely within China’s sovereignty. The United States too was concerned that the flight had exacerbated tensions. USA criticizes the China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea and worries that china would use them for military purposes.
Rejecting the claim, China said, it has used a civil aircraft to conduct the flight to test whether the airfield facilities meet civil-aviation standards.