The US military’s Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement on Thursday that the incident occurred on December 21, when a J-11 aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China flew six feet in front of a large reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 operated by the US Air Force. meter passed.
The US military has said a Chinese Navy fighter jet flew dangerously close to a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea, but the US pilot skillfully avoided a collision between the two planes. The US military’s Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement on Thursday that the incident occurred on December 21, when a J-11 aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China flew six feet in front of a large reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 operated by the US Air Force. meter passed.
The statement said the US aircraft was “on routine operations over the South China Sea in international airspace in accordance with the law”. According to this, the pilot of the American aircraft saved both the aircraft from colliding through his skill. China claims the South China Sea as its territory and continues to challenge the planes of the US and its allies flying in it. Such behavior led to an air collision in 2001 in which a Chinese plane crashed and the pilot was killed.
The statement said, “The US Indo-Pacific joint force is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. It will continue to fly and send ships in international maritime and airspace with due respect for the safety of all ships and aircraft under international law.” “We expect all countries in the Indo-Pacific region to use international airspace safely and in accordance with international law,” it said. China deeply resents the presence of US military assets in the South China Sea and regularly demands its ships and aircraft leave the area.
The US says it has every right to operate in and over the South China Sea and ignores Chinese demands. Such dangerous incidents continue despite US-China agreements on how to deal with unexpected encounters. The US and others have also accused China of harassing military aircraft and ships in the East China Sea beyond the Chinese coast and as far as the Horn of Africa, where China operates a naval base.
There was no immediate reaction to the latest US complaint from the PLA, the military wing of China’s ruling Communist Party. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin gave no details but accused the US of posing a “serious threat to China’s national security” with its surveillance operations. “China will continue to take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and security, and work with regional countries to firmly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Wang said at his daily briefing on Friday.
Wang expressed renewed concern over US arms sales to Taiwan. Faced with a growing military threat from China, the US this week approved the sale of an anti-tank system to Taiwan worth USD 180 million. Wang said that the US should “stop arms sales and military contacts with Taiwan and stop creating new factors to create tension in the Taiwan Strait.” He said, “China will take firm measures to firmly defend its sovereignty and security interests.
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