Q: It is reported that the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson made a statement on January 2, expressing Vietnam's protest against China's test flight to a newly-built airport on Yongshu Jiao of the Nansha Islands. What is your comment?
A: China has finished building a new airport on Yongshu Jiao of China's Nansha Islands. The Chinese government conducted a test flight to the airport with a civil aircraft in order to test whether or not the facilities on it meet the standards for civil aviation. Relevant activity falls completely within China's sovereignty.
China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. The Chinese side will not accept the unfounded accusation from the Vietnamese side.
China-Vietnam relations, on the whole, are riding a momentum of development. It is hoped that the Vietnamese side can work with China towards the same direction and make concrete efforts to sustain the sound and stable growth of bilateral ties.