China re­jects US air­craft sur­veil­lance over South China Sea

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING—China’s mil­i­tary re­jected U.S. claims on China’s “un­safe” in­ter­cept of an Amer­i­can Navy re­con­nais­sance air­craft over the South China Sea, and de­manded the U.S. ends such ac­tion.

Yang Yu­jun, spokesman of the Ministry of Na­tional De­fense, told a press con­fer­ence that China’s air­craft acted pro­fes­sion­ally and in line with a China-U.S. en­counter safety code agreed by both sides.

Yang said Amer­ica’s fre­quent re­con­nais­sance over Chi­nese wa­ters is a real source of dan­ger for Chi­naU.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 claimed two Chi­nese J-11 fight­ers un­safely in­ter­cepted a U.S. EP-3 Aries air­craft on May 17 which was con­duct­ing rou­tine op­er­a­tions in in­ter­na­tional airspace.—Xin­hua

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