Chinese Foreign Ministry calls on USA to stop surveillance activities

Pauline Gross
July 29, 2017

"Close-in reconnaissance by U.S. aircraft threatens China's national security, harms Sino-U.S. maritime and air military safety, endangers the personal safety of both sides' pilots and is the root cause of unexpected incidents", Chinese officials said, per Reuters.

"The close-in reconnaissance of the USA aircraft threatened China's national security, damaged the military safety between two countries and put the pilots of both countries in danger".

In another May incident, The Hill said, two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a USA radiation-detecting plane over the East China Sea.

China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a USA surveillance plane in global airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision.

Davis said one of the Chinese planes approached at a high rate of speed from beneath the American plane, then slowed and pulled up, prompting the EP-3 pilot to take evasive action.

China's Defence Ministry said the actions of its pilots were "legal, necessary and professional" and performed "in accordance with the law and the rules".

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Beijing also pushed the blame back on Washington, saying that the USA should stop such "unsafe, unprofessional and unfriendly military activities".

The East China Sea is part of the Pacific and home to small islands whose ownership is disputed by China, Japan and Taiwan.

The 24 US air crew members were held for 11 days until Washington apologized for the incident. It wasn't clear if Sunday's encounter took place inside the zone.

Lt. Col. Chris Logan, a Pentagon spokesman, said a U.S. Navy EP-3 was flying in worldwide air space when it was approached by two Chinese J-10 fighter jets.

While China has long chafed at USA surveillance operations targeting its military, the PLA itself has been conducting such missions further and further from its home ports. One Chinese pilot died and the USA plane made an emergency landing on Hainan, where China held the 24-member crew for more than a week until Beijing and Washington cut a deal for their release.

Separately, the Pentagon said the USA military would soon carry out another test of it's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

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