China captured the attention of the U.S. Air Force last week after the intercepted a surveillance plane.
This isn’t the first time the United States has been aggressively approached by a foreign power, but it demonstrates that the Chinese are more than willing to engage the U.S. if needs be.
According to reports, the incident took place last week over the East China Sea. A U.S. WC-135 “Constant Phoenix” aircraft that is designed to detect nuclear weapons was confronted by two Sukhoi Su-30 jets from the Chinese Air Force.
American diplomats described the encounter as “unprofessional.”
“The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” stated Lt. Col. Lori Hodge, an Air Force spokeswoman.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Reports indicate that the WC-135 was deployed from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The so-called “nuke sniffing” aircraft was being used to monitor North Korean nuclear testing, in order to provide advance warning of warhead detonations in the unstable communist nation.
The incident between the Chinese jets and the American aircraft could indicate growing tension between the two powerful nations. China claims the area of the East China Sea as its territory, but Japan disputes these claims. The volatile Korean peninsula is also located in the region, exacerbating the complex power struggle.
“The Senkaku/Diaoyu islands were formally claimed by Japan in 1895 and have been privately owned by a series of Japanese citizens for most of the past 120 years,” the Council on Foreign Relations explained about the disputed region. “China began to reassert claims over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the 1970s, citing historic rights to the area.”
Those islands are believed to hold significant oil reserves, making them potentially valuable to all parties.
It is understandable that China is trying to protect its region, but this kind of action is extremely aggressive and unnecessary.
Do you think President Donald Trump should approach Chinese President Xi Jinping about this?
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