On Tuesday, China’s Defence Ministry had rejected the queries by the United States’ military as to why China used a military aircraft in order to evacuate the sick workers from a newfangled airport on an island that China has built-in disputed South China Sea.
CNN quoted Captain Jeff Davis, the Pentagon spokesperson as saying that it was vague that why China had used military aircraft rather than a civilian one in landing on the Fiery Cross Reef.
The Defence Ministry of China however said in a statement that its military’s tradition was to aid those in need as a part of its commitment to “wholeheartedly serve people.”
“In the sharp contrast, the United States side is expressing doubts about whether it is a military or civilian aircraft at a time when somebody’s life is in danger,” it said.
“We can’t but ask: if a citizen of United States suddenly took ill on soil of United States, would the U.S. military look on with folded arms?”
China has indubitable sovereignty over Spratly Islands and US has no right to comment on its building works & the defensive facilities there, said the ministry.
The Chinese activity in the disputed waters of South China Sea, including construction of islands by scouring up the sand onto reefs and shoals in Spratly archipelago, alarmed rival suitors, in particular the Vietnam and Philippines, along with US.
US has repeatedly condemned the construction of islands and is concerned that China planned to use it for military purposes, however China claimed that it has no hostile intention.
The runway on Fiery Cross Reef is 3,000 meters long and is 1 of 3 that China has been building for over a year in archipelago.
The Civilian flights began the test runs there in Jan. but landing by military aircraft, on Sunday, was the 1st time that China has openly reported a flight by military plane to the Fiery Cross Reef.
Over 5 trillion dollars of the world trade is transported through South China Sea every year. Besides the China’s territorial claims in area, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei have the rival claims.