China urges U.S. to stop close-in reconnaissance activities
( Source: MOD ) 2014-August-24 00:16
BEIJING, August 23 (ChinaMil) -- China's Defense Ministry urges the United States to stop its close-in reconnaissance activities against China and create a good environment for the development of bilateral military relations.
Yang Yujun, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), said in a statement on Saturday that a P-3 anti-submarine warfare aircraft and a P-8 patrol aircraft from the U.S. Navy flied over the airspace about 220 kilometers east of Hainan Island and conducted close-in reconnaissance against China on August 19, 2014 at around 9:00 AM.
Yang said that a J-11 fighter jet from the aviation force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) took off and carried out routine identification and verification over the two U.S. naval planes. During the activity of identification and verification, the relevant operations made by the Chinese pilot were professional and the Chinese jet kept a safe distance from the U.S. planes, stressed Yang.
Yang Yujun pointed out that the U.S. side’s accusation against China is totally groundless. He continued that the U.S’s large scale and highly frequent close-in reconnaissance against China is the root cause of accidents endangering the sea and air military security between China and the United States.
China urges the U.S. side to truly abide by the relevant international law and international practice, respect the security concern of coastal country and properly deal with the differences between both sides on the sea and air military security, said Yang.
Yang also stressed that the U.S. side should, from a perspective of building new models of major power relations between China and the U.S. and in line with the principle of "no conflict, no fighting, mutual respect, cooperation and win-win", adopt practical measures to reduce and eventually stop its reconnaissance activities against China, so as to create a good environment for the development of bilateral military relations.