Taiwan completes military airstrip on Spratly Islands

Taiwan has completed an airstrip on the disputed Spratlys, military sources said yesterday, a move likely to stir anger with China, Vietnam and other governments that also claim the resource-rich islands.
Taiwan's Ministry of defense had finished a 1,150-meter runway on Taiping and tested it, the sources said. They said the strip would be for military or civilian maritime rescue use.
"It's for movement of any kind of vehicles civilian or military," a ministry spokesman said.
The airstrip will supplement Taiwan coastguard and air force stations on Taiping, which is the biggest in the Spratly chain at 489,500 square meters and 1,000 kilometers south of Taiwan.