Beijing: Increasing US Military Presence Near China 'Highly Likely to Cause Emergencies'

China's Foreign Ministry warns US military presence in the region will likely result in "misjudgments" and "emergencies"

Fri, May 19, 2017 | 2042 Comments
A flying problem.
A flying problem.

Washington's "Asia pivot" (that's a feel-good euphemism for "heavy US military presence in China's backyard") is a recipe for disaster, according to China's Foreign Ministry. 

During a regular press conference held on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made it clear that Beijing has grave concerns about Washington's military presence in the region—both in the air and sea. 

Responding to a question about increased activity between Chinese and US aircraft in the region, Chunying commented:

Regarding the close-up encounter between the Chinese and US military planes asked by the Central News Agency of Taiwan, I've said that I have no information and I need to check with the Defense Ministry before making any comments. But as we said before, for a long time, the US vessels and planes have been carrying out close-up surveillance on China, which is highly like to cause misunderstanding, misjudgment, or emergencies on the sea or in the air. We hope the US could respect China's legitimate security concerns.

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Earlier today it was reported that two Chinese SU-30 aircraft intercepted a US aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea.

Beijing has previously warned the US against "making a fool of itself" in the South China Sea. 

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