U.S., VIETNAM SHARE CONCERNS OVER CHINA’S TEST FLIGHTS IN S. CHINA SEA

WASHINGTON — Top officials from the United States and Vietnam shared concerns over recent test flights by China landing on an artificial island in a disputed area in the South China Sea, a U.S. government spokesman said Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry agreed with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh during their telephone conversation that the Chinese activities “continue to raise regional tensions,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

Kirby said Kerry and Minh, who doubles as foreign minister, discussed China’s test flight landings of civilian aircraft since earlier this month on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, where China, Vietnam and other countries are involved in territorial disputes. PNA/Kyodo / northboundasia.com