During a recent flight, the US Navy P-8A Poseidon jet was flying over an Island in the South China Sea. This is now making headlines as the Chinese Military unexpectedly sent out several warnings asking the jet to leave.
This occurred while the jet was giving CNN a rare look at the island itself and the as CNN puts it “rapidly expanding militarization of the South China Sea.” While getting a look from about 16,500 feet looking at these low-lying coral reefs that had been turned into “garrisons with five-story buildings, large radar installations, power plants and runaways sturdy enough to carry large military aircraft,” things took a turn that no one saw coming. The crew received six separate warnings. They were told that they were inside Chinese territory and urged to leave.
According to CNN, the voice said something along the lines of “leave immediately and keep out to avoid misunderstandings.” Every time a warning was sent out the Navy ship responded with “I am a sovereign immune United States naval aircraft conducting lawful military activities beyond the national airspace of any coastal state. In exercising these rights guaranteed by international law, I am operating with due regard for the rights and duties of all states.” Clearly, that was not enough as the warnings did not stop coming.
China for quite some time has been disputing other countries over who gets control of the South China Sea as it is rich in natural resources. China has been claiming unoccupied land on reefs and so forth building military outposts for quite a while now but who knows what all of this means if anything. No comments have been made by the other side in regards to this incident and who knows if it will ever be explained.
According to DailyStar, Lt. Lauren Callen who was leading the combat crew aboard this Navy flight said it was quite surprising to see airports in the middle of the ocean. For more information on this check out the video below. What do you think about the situation?
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