Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), answers reporters' questions at a regular press conference on the afternoon of October 26, 2023. (Photo/mod.gov.cn)
Question: We have noticed that the Chinese defense spokesperson has responded to the US claims of "dangerous interception" by Chinese fighter jets. Previously, the US had released some pictures and videos, but we haven't seen any picture or video of relevant evidence from the Chinese side? Does China have any relevant information?
Wu Qian: Yes, we have. Please watch the video.
This video proves that it is the US side that is making provocations, taking risks and muddling the water. We have much similar video evidence, but I won't show them today because of time constraints. What I'm emphasizing here is to pay close attention to where things are happening. We all know that all the close encounters between Chinese and US aircraft and warships were all in the waters and airspace around China, not in the Gulf of Mexico or on the West Coast of America. It was the US side that came to China's doorstep to provoke and stir up troubles. How is the Chinese military supposed to intercept the US aircraft and warships if they don't come? That is an impossible task for the US to endanger China's national security while making unfettered provocations. The Chinese military is always on high alert and will take all necessary measures to resolutely defend China's national sovereignty, security, and maritime rights and interests.