China Rejects Vietnam's Protest Over Flight to Disputed Islands

  • Test flight to reef is a matter of sovereignty, China says
  • China says it won't accept Vietnam's `unfounded accusation'

China’s flight to a newly built airfield on Yongshu reef in the Nansha islands is a matter “completely within China’s sovereignty," the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Saturday in response to an official protest from Vietnam, which said the flight “undermines peace and stability.”

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