(From Reuters)

China’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday rejected queries by the U.S. military as to why China had used a military aircraft to evacuate sick workers from a new airport on an island China has built in the disputed South China Sea.

Airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in this file photo

CNN quoted Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis as saying it was unclear why China had used a military aircraft rather than a civilian one in the landing on Fiery Cross Reef.

China’s Defense Ministry said in a statement its military’s tradition was to help those in need as part of its commitment to “wholeheartedly serve the people”.

“In sharp contrast, the U.S. side is expressing doubts about whether it’s a military or civilian aircraft at a time when somebody’s life is in danger,” it said. “We cannot but ask: if a U.S. citizen suddenly took ill on U.S. soil, would the U.S. military look on with folded arms?” Read More

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