Satellite images showed the Y-20 on the airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef. Photo: Handout Satellite images showed the Y-20 on the airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef. Photo: Handout
Satellite images showed the Y-20 on the airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef. Photo: Handout
South China Sea

South China Sea: why did the PLA land its massive Y-20 warplane on Fiery Cross Reef?

  • Military source says PLA was probably testing the capabilities of its transport aircraft, which satellite images showed on the militarised reef in the Spratly Islands on Christmas Day
  • Chinese forces began three simultaneous drills in waters off Hainan, about 1,200km north of the Spratlys, days later

Topic |   South China Sea
Satellite images showed the Y-20 on the airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef. Photo: Handout Satellite images showed the Y-20 on the airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef. Photo: Handout
Satellite images showed the Y-20 on the airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef. Photo: Handout
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