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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien Daily on China building military airstrip on flashpoint island

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Vietnam has yet again condemned China after the latter completed a runway for military aircraft on an island in the East Sea (the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea) over which Hanoi claims sovereignty.


“The relatively low level of intensity of tension created by the construction, in comparison to the oil rig deployment in May (a high-intensity strategy) makes it more difficult for the international community to respond,” said Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank.
“But they are both components to China’s larger strategy to enhance its claims and presence in the region.”
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