The United States claims that the flight was carried out in accordance with international law. In China, it was called a threat to peace and stability.
On Monday, February 27, a US Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Taiwan Strait. On the part of the United States, such a maneuver was aimed at declaring the right to be in international airspace, despite strong objections from the PRC. It is reported by CNN.
In a statement, representatives of the US Navy’s Seventh Operational Fleet noted that the flight was conducted in accordance with international law.
But the representative of the military command of the Chinese army, Colonel Shi Yi, accused Washington of fomenting tensions. According to him, the appearance of the American aircraft endangered peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
This statement was picked up by Chinese state media. The tabloid Global Times wrote that the flight of the US Navy anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft was “another provocation.”
CNN reporters aboard a Navy aircraft
However, official Beijing sends military aircraft and ships into the strait almost daily, thereby putting pressure on the island.
On Tuesday, Taiwanese Defense Ministry officials said they spotted 14 aircraft and three ships from the Chinese Navy, with four aircraft crossing the informal demarcation line.
The appearance of an American aircraft over the strait was the second in the past few days and attracted the attention of Chinese forces.
Last Friday, an American plane carrying CNN reporters over the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands was accompanied by a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese asked American pilots not to violate their airspace.
A J-11 fighter jet armed with air-to-air missiles shadowed them for 15 minutes and was a few meters away, so the Chinese pilot could be seen, the journalists said.
Chinese plane pilot
Representatives of the American crew called it an ordinary day in the South China Sea.
Recall that, according to Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky, if Ukraine loses, the US and Russia will start a war over Taiwan.
Earlier, Focus reported that the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry announced a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan in 2027, when Xi Jinping will be re-elected for a fourth term as Chinese President.
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