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Chinese military transport plane Y-20 lands for the first time on the controversial Spratly archipelago

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Chinese military transport plane Y-20 lands for the first time on the controversial Spratly archipelago

There are reports that for the first time in stories Chinese military transport aircraft Y-20 landed on the Yongshu artificial reef in the South China Sea. Yongshu Reef is often referred to as "China's unsinkable aircraft carrier."


Of particular interest is the information about the Y-20 landing on Yongshu due to the fact that this reef is geographically usually attributed to the disputed Spratly archipelago (in the Chinese version - Nansha). This group of many small islands is considered their own not only in the PRC, but also in a number of other countries of the region - in Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Taiwan. American warships often appear in this area, and the Pentagon openly admits that the sending of US Navy ships to Spratly is aimed at containing China.

The Chinese media write that after landing on Yongshu, a military transporter unloaded. This gave rise to the assumption that additional equipment could be delivered to the reef for the airfield, which is actively operated by the PLA Air Force.

In China, Yongshu is viewed as a strategically important facility in the South China Sea. On the reef (island) there is a deep-water bay, which can be entered by large warships. Also, the possession of Yongshu allows you to actually control the traffic of ships and vessels after they pass the Malacca Strait - it is in this direction that hundreds of merchant ships from the countries of Southeast Asia and back go every day.

The appearance of a military transporter of the Chinese Air Force on Yongshu may also be associated with the exercises of the Chinese aircraft carrier strike group led by the aircraft carrier Shandong. Earlier, Voennoye Obozreniye reported that the Chinese Navy closed several areas of the South China Sea for shipping until January 7 - precisely in connection with the above-mentioned exercises. Information about the decision of the Chinese military command caused a negative reaction in the Pentagon, where they announced "attempts by the Chinese military to violate international law in the field of civilian shipping."
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  1. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 4 January 2021 15: 12
    +1
    Little follow the specified region. Thank you, news worthy of attention.
    1. zyablik.olga
      zyablik.olga 5 January 2021 11: 39
      +2
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      Little follow the specified region. Thank you, news worthy of attention.

      Here's a very decent article on the subject:
      Strengthening the military presence of China in the South China Sea through the construction of artificial islands
      https://topwar.ru/161368-usilenie-voennoe-prisutstvija-knr-v-juzhno-kitajskom-more-putem-vozvedenija-iskustvennyh-ostrovov.html
  2. Victor_B
    Victor_B 4 January 2021 15: 13
    +10
    China argues with its neighbors, and mattress covers stick their long nose there ...
    There is not a single hole on the planet in which they do not serve as a plug.
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 4 January 2021 15: 22
      -1
      Quote: Victor_B
      China argues with its neighbors, and mattress covers stick their long nose there ...
      There is not a single hole on the planet in which they do not serve as a plug.

      technical question. the Americans successfully put the transport workers on the AVIKs. rehearsal will not hurt China, even a one-way ticket, but the delivery of the "cargo" is worth it.
      1. Victor_B
        Victor_B 4 January 2021 15: 26
        +13
        Quote: Andrey Yurievich
        let it be a "one-way ticket", but the delivery of the "cargo" is worth it.

        As I understand it, the island has a normal lane and there are no problems with boarding transport workers.
        1. Flashpoint
          Flashpoint 4 January 2021 15: 51
          0
          Quote: Victor_B
          Quote: Andrey Yurievich
          let it be a "one-way ticket", but the delivery of the "cargo" is worth it.

          As I understand it, the island has a normal lane and there are no problems with boarding transport workers.

          Judging by the map, the streak is good.
          The main thing is that the tsunami does not wash away. Or the Maritime ISIS did not sail in a canoe.
      2. paul3390
        paul3390 4 January 2021 15: 40
        +4
        Americans have successfully planted transport workers on AVIK


        Well, yes, remember .. Banzaaaaaay !!! laughing


    2. kit88
      kit88 4 January 2021 16: 02
      +18
      China argues with its neighbors, and mattress covers stick their long nose there ...

      Let them pop.
      Balance is important in everything. And then China is outright sold out.
      Let everyone pull the blanket over themselves, it’s on our hands.
    3. Poetry
      Poetry 4 January 2021 17: 41
      -1
      The United States of Earth is their territory.
  3. Guru
    Guru 4 January 2021 15: 27
    +2
    Yongshu Reef is often referred to as "China's unsinkable aircraft carrier."
    A good irritant for mattress toppers. And even with a deep-sea bay.
  4. Flashpoint
    Flashpoint 4 January 2021 15: 45
    +10
    There has been a very cute nest for a long time!


    see on googlemaps
    9°33'12.1"N 112°53'45.5"E
    1. Flashpoint
      Flashpoint 4 January 2021 16: 01
      +2
      And here is another interesting place nearby

      At least 1 lighthouse is visible.
      Who knows what's there?
      8°51'58.6"N 112°49'41.8"E
      8.866264, 112.828265
      1. Flashpoint
        Flashpoint 4 January 2021 16: 06
        +1
        And more

        There's even a huge building with the Vietnam flag all over the roof
        8°38'41.3"N 111°55'03.1"E
        8.644797, 111.917522


        1. Flashpoint
          Flashpoint 4 January 2021 16: 11
          +5
          Hard...

          The devil will break his leg ...

      2. Doccor18
        Doccor18 4 January 2021 16: 12
        +1
        China is piling up islands at such a rate that the South China Sea will soon become an "inland sea of ​​China." In 2014-2015 alone, 8 artificial islands were created, thereby solving several important tasks at once, the main of which are defense and
        According to analysts from the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), the offshore area of ​​the South Caucasus Sea contains approximately 125 billion barrels of oil and 14 trillion cubic meters. m of gas. With the level of oil consumption in 2020 (4,4 billion barrels per year), the oil reserves of the SCS would be enough for China for 30 years.
  5. Turist1996
    Turist1996 4 January 2021 16: 42
    +6
    Ha, Americans have declared a violation of international law!
    In fact, international pirates talk about international law - some kind of surrealism!
    1. iouris
      iouris 4 January 2021 16: 45
      +1
      International law is the US right to the rest of the world. And no surrealism. This is an uncomfortable reality.
      1. Turist1996
        Turist1996 4 January 2021 16: 50
        +3
        Oh, yes! I forgot! Only here the Chinese do not know about this - about such an inconvenient reality .. And therefore they format the reality for a convenient one.
        We'll see how it ends ..
    2. businessv
      businessv 4 January 2021 20: 49
      +3
      Quote: Turist1996
      In fact, international pirates talk about international law
      It is possible that a more accurate name, not pirates, but terrorists, will be more appropriate for the minke and their international politics.
  6. Keyser soze
    Keyser soze 4 January 2021 19: 41
    +1
    Yongshu Reef is often referred to as "China's unsinkable aircraft carrier."


    The reef ... unsinkable ..? One hundred kilotons and this will all beat the speed of Atlantis ... laughing
  7. xomaNN
    xomaNN 4 January 2021 20: 26
    -1
    Clicked the Yankees on the nose .... Abydno, Trump or Biden? wassat
  8. yfast
    yfast 4 January 2021 21: 30
    0
    Where is our island? Once such a booze has gone, cut the last cucumber.
  9. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 4 January 2021 22: 28
    -1
    what are the controversial ones here ... the airfield and infrastructure ... these are undoubtedly Chinese islands ... whoever dreamed of anything there)))
    1. Sergey Sfiedu
      Sergey Sfiedu 4 January 2021 23: 10
      0
      There, others are trying to keep up ...
  10. Lara Croft
    Lara Croft 4 January 2021 22: 59
    -1
    after landing on Yongshu, the military transport carried out the unloading. This suggested that the reef could have been delivered optional equipment for the airfield, which is actively exploited by the PLA Air Force

    Additional equipment weighing 66 tons?
    The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is more than 200 tons, payload - 66 tons. This means that the aircraft will be able to transport by air such a heavy load as the Type99A2 main battle tank, weighing 58 tons... According to the calculated data, the flight range of the aircraft with a payload of 51 tons should be 5200 kilometers. With a cargo weighing 66 tons, the plane should fly 3700 kilometers, which will allow it to make non-stop flights from Harbin to Tibet. The aircraft is operated by a crew of 3 people.

    https://topwar.ru/96397-y-20-pervaya-lastochka-kitayskoy-strategicheskoy-transportnoy-aviacii.html
    According to him, China may need over a thousand Y-20 aircraft.

    there ...
    VTA US Air Force and Russian Aerospace Forces are resting ...
  11. Dkuznecov
    Dkuznecov 5 January 2021 00: 04
    0
    This is the "controversial" archipelago for the author,
    but for China the final and no discussion
    liable to.
    I’m not hinting at anything.
  12. Let's go to the world
    Let's go to the world 5 January 2021 00: 32
    0
    On the one hand, it is pleasant when the Americans and their Japanese-Korean sixes are pissed off, on the other hand, if the Chinese disperse completely, this can finally push the Asian countries from Vietnam to India into the arms of the Yankees. I am for friendship with China and, in general, we would like to learn a lot from him, but nevertheless. PS Regarding India, by the way, it is dangerous for us to support the Islamists jointly with Pakistanis by the Chinese, incl. through Afghan channels ...
  13. prior
    prior 5 January 2021 10: 06
    0
    Maybe for some, these islands are controversial, but not for China.
    And those who don't like this fact will just have to shut up.
    Only a suicide will agree to go to war with a pitchfork on a steam locomotive.