South China Sea issue: China rejects US aircraft surveillance

China’s military has rejected U.S. claims on China’s unsafe intercept of an American Navy reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea.

It has also demanded the U.S. end such action.

Spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense Yang Yujun on Thursday said that China’s aircraft acted professionally and in line with a China-U.S. encounter safety code agreed by both sides.

YANG YUJUN, China’s Ministry of National Defense
“The American Navy reconnaissance plane flied close to the airspace of China’s Hainan Island for espionage. China’s military aircraft identified and warned it according to Chinese law and regulations. The practice is completely in line with professional standards and the Rules of Behavior for Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters signed by China and the U.S.”

Yang said America’s frequent reconnaissance over Chinese waters is a real source of danger for China-U.S. military safety.

Yang said the agreement only provides a technical regulation, and the best solution was for the U.S. to stop such action.

The Pentagon has claimed two Chinese J-11 fighters unsafely intercepted a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft last week which it said was conducting routine operations in international airspace.

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