As Communist China sets its anchors in the South China Sea, they are beginning to make demands on other nations that exceed and violate international norms and treaties. They have good spin doctors putting out the message that it is their southern sea and all others are just trespassers and aggressors. The world wide freedom of navigation of the seas is just one item at stake here. Seizure of disputed areas unilaterally is not a way to win friends and influence people. The outrageous demand that we cannot fly in “their” ocean is also completely unacceptable. If they continue to push these points, errors will occur and there will be a situation arise that no one wants. Keep your eye on the South China Sea.
As Written & Reported By Newsmax:
Beijing demanded an end to U.S. surveillance near China on Thursday after two of its fighter jets carried out what the Pentagon said was an “unsafe” intercept of a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea.
The incident, likely to increase tension in and around the contested waterway, took place in international airspace on Tuesday as the plane carried out “a routine U.S. patrol,” a Pentagon statement said.
A U.S. Defense official said two Chinese J-11 fighter jets flew within 50 feet (15 meters) of the U.S. EP-3 aircraft. The official said the incident took place east of Hainan island.
“Initial reports characterized the incident as unsafe,” the Pentagon statement said.
“It must be pointed out that U.S. military planes frequently carry out reconnaissance in Chinese coastal waters, seriously endangering Chinese maritime security,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei Hong told reporters.