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US to China: Clarify Aircraft Plans for Spratlys

The Pentagon on Tuesday called on China to reaffirm it has no plans to deploy military aircraft in the Spratly Islands after Beijing used a military plane to evacuate sick workers from an airstrip on an island it has created in the disputed South China Sea. China's Defense Ministry earlier dismissed U.S. queries as to why China had used a military aircraft rather than a civilian one in Sunday's evacuation from Fiery Cross Reef. U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said at...

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