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Philippine lawmaker denounces presence of H-6K bomber on disputed South China Sea island

20 May 2018

A Philippine lawmaker has publicly condemned the reported landing of a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K strategic bomber on a South China Sea island.

On 18 May, the official Twitter account of state-owned People’s Daily of China posted a video of what appears to be touch-and-go landings involving a single H-6 airframe at a runway “on an island reef at a southern sea area”. The location has since been identified as Woody Island, which lies approximately 107 n miles off the Vietnamese coast.

Manila is not a claimant to Woody Island, but the country has persistently raised concerns that a runway on the location could be used for offensive operations against Philippine territory.

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