US-China Aircraft Clash: China blames America for putting the lives of our pilots in danger
A Chinese defence ministry spokesman has said that a US military aircraft involved in a collision with Chinese aircraft in disputed southern waters last week violated international law and endangered the safety of Chinese pilots.
The US military revealed on Thursday that a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet came within 10 feet (3 meters) of a US Air Force RC-135 aircraft on December 21, prompting it to use 'preventive maneuvers' to avoid a collision. was forced to take action. Now China's reaction has come to this.
But Tian Junli, a spokesman for China's Southern Theater Command, said in a statement late Saturday that the US misled the public about the incident near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
He said the US aircraft violated international law, disregarded China's repeated warnings, and adopted dangerous methods that threatened the safety of Chinese aircraft.
Tian said that we sincerely request the US side to stop the South China Sea border naval and air force actions, and strictly comply with relevant international laws and agreements. Prevent accidents at sea and in the air.
China claims almost the entire South China Sea as its sovereign territory. An international court has also rejected the claims of Chinese sovereignty. The Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam have been questioning China's claims over the entire South China Sea for decades, but tensions have escalated in recent years.
In the name of freedom of navigation, American warships patrol the area so that maritime trade is not hindered. China calls this America's aggressive attitude. 20 percent of the world's total maritime trade passes through this area between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.