The Chinese military has expressed its opposition to frequent surveillance by US military ships and aircraft over the disputed South China Sea
The Chinese plane will have a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons and an operational range of about 4,500 kilometers.
The Philippines has asked a United Nations-backed tribunal to declare China’s claim over most of the resource-rich South China Sea as illegal.
China claims most of the South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei claim overlapping parts of the strategic waterway.
The flashpoint South China Sea hosts major sea lanes over vast mineral reserves.
The Mayor of an island, which is under Philippine control in the disputed Spratly islands, construction was in full swing with many dredgers and a huge crane visible on the emerging man-made island.
Vietnam accused Chinese military of attacking its fishermen in the disputed South China Sea territory in three separate incidents over the week.
China will complete island building project in disputed South China Sea territory. Island to be used for maritime search and rescue, environmental conservation and scientific research.
China is opposed to India’s oil exploration in the South China Sea because it is a disputed area, but regards its $46 bn economic corridor through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir a “livelihood project”
On Friday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter demanded an immediate end to all reclamation works by claimants.
His comments came as defense officials revealed that China had put two large artillery vehicles on one of the artificial islands it is creating in the South China Sea
A State department official said the US is “carefully” monitoring China’s military developments.
In recent months China has made other claimants and their common ally the United States bristle by landfilling tiny islets, a way to extend its reach.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank posted more videos on Thursday of the aerial patrol above the Spratly island chain which it said had been released by the US Navy.
“We have compelling reasons to raise our voice to tell the whole world the adverse effects of China’s aggressiveness,” said Philippines.