July 12, 2016 / 9:28 AM / 3 years ago

China carries out calibration tests at new South China Sea airports

The center portion of the Subi Reef runway is shown in this Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative January 8, 2016 satellite image released to Reuters on January 15, 2016. REUTERS/CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/Digital Globe/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese civilian aircraft successfully carried out calibration tests on two new airports in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua said.

It said the two airports were on Mischief Reef and Subi Reef, and the facilities will help with personnel transfers to the Spratlys.

The announcement came as a tribunal in The Hague said none of the Spratly islands granted China an exclusive economic zone.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie

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