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US spy plane may have triggered Chinese jet interception by dropping sonar buoy: state media

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2014, 4:40pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 August, 2014, 11:19am

A Chinese fighter jet’s interception of a US Navy sub-hunter aircraft was possibly triggered when the American plane dropped a sonar surveillance system into the South China Sea, according to state media.

A Chinese J-11 fighter jet reportedly flew within metres of the US Navy P-8 Poseidon when it performed acrobatic manoeuvres around it over international waters east of Hainan Island last week, triggering a war of words between the two nations.

US officials called the act “aggressive” and “dangerous” but China denied its pilot did anything wrong and said the manoeuvre was a response to “large-scale and highly frequent close-in reconnaissance” by US aircraft.

A report in the Beijing-based Global Times, a newspaper affiliated with the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece, People’s Daily, quoted an anonymous military expert who said that Chinese pilots have adopted a series of standard interception guidelines after years of standoffs with US aircraft.

The source said that it was possible that the US jet had dropped a sonobouy – an expendable sonar system used to conduct underwater surveillance – into the sea. If that happened and Chinese submarines had sensed a threat, then the submarine would have called for assistance from fighter jets, the source said, adding that the dropping of a sonobouy would be seen as a very serious act of provocation.

The US Department of Defence did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the claims.

Though the Pentagon did not reveal the US plane’s mission when it was intercepted, some Chinese experts have said it was surveilling China’s nuclear submarines deployed at Hainan Island.

Rear admiral Yin Zhuo said the P-8’s mission was part of the US military’s longstanding efforts to surveil and track Chinese nuclear submarines in the vast and deep waters of the South China Sea, to which the armed vessels are particularly well-suited.

China reportedly deployed three Type 094 nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines at a naval base on Hainan Island this month, according to photos that circulated on Chinese military-enthusiast forums on the internet.

 

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Brit_in_China
Let's see how the USAF reacts if China started surveilling the east cost of the USA and dropping sonar buoys just outside Obama's front door. The duplicity of the US Government is just breathtaking. They try and force their broken idea of democracy down the throats of the rest of the world at the end of a barrel of a gun, and have incubated a Wahhabist resurgence that our Grandchildren will be still fighting if we don't act now to crush IS. I hate war. But I see not other short-term solution but to crush the Monster WE the west created. So, after so much death and destruction designed to bring democracy, all we have to look forward to is more death and destruction. We have allowed our corrupt and idiotic war criminal politicians to murder in our name. This must stop. Shame on Bush & Blair and all of those religious idiotic Crusaders. China is not the enemy. Russia is not the enemy. Soon the American government will wake up to the realisation that China, Russia, Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are/were actually the peacemakers. Sometimes a brutal regime is in place for a reason - because they face far more brutal opposition. The Americans and British took the cork out of too many highly pressurised bottles and IS is what came exploding out. Well, I guess the world is looking for a uniting force; well now they have it: Wahhabism/IS.
pete.dosado
A reminder to the Chinese fighter pilot: There are bold old pilots but no old bold pilots!
Ant Lee
Why don't China join North Korea and Russia and invade the US and other western countries? They can start with Hong Kong.
54012cee-2f18-4ea7-b6cc-52bc0a3209cb
Interestingly that Ant, an insect that we simply step on and crush, indicated that China should invade Hong Kong. Isn't Hong Kong part of China? or am I dreaming? Ant, go back to your little sand hill and stay there the rain will wash you away.
skywalker
Good idea, but since when is Hong Kong a countriy and if so, since when is it a western country? ;-)
Ant Lee
its funny all the 50 cents post themselves with westerners photos and all of them have a red communist chinese mind. this is so disgustingly 50 cents
Ant Lee
whats the point of referring to chinese media? its all made up garbage for the blinded communists
540025f9-eb10-462c-b765-08d40a3209ca
I heard that Obama almost birdied 16 yesterday after he kicked it out of the sand.
53ff8c57-e14c-44f0-a01f-08ee0a3209ca
The US Navy has secret miniature submarines already crawling all over China's coast. I have friend who knows Snowden. The subs use top secret propulsion. At any time US killer subs can destroy entire Chinese fleet of subs. US NSA spy agency can turn off all of China's lights in two minutes. You want to do show flying in front of your master, US Military? Go ahead. See them smash your worthless pilot to pieces. US military owns Hainan Island. US spies crawling all over the island. US Navy SEALS are in China now, testing defenses. SEALS could blow Beijing to rubble. SEALS always in China under cover. Watch out China. If you want to know what US thinks of weak loudmouth leaders like China has, go dig up Saddam Hussein corpse and ask him what he can tell you about US ability to come in, kill all leadership, disappear like ghost. Happen all the time. Best ot give up phony ambitions, or face total destruction.
morningstarmagzine@163.com
Good luck with your air strike over ISIS.
I dont have super cool friend and you might be very true that lots of SEALS are undercover in China now. I saw a guy with USMC tattoo serving as bartender back in Shanghai and ppl on the street here in Shenzhen wearing Old Navy jerseys, who knows whether they wore some GAP branded or authentic Annapolis Naval College memorial relics.
But one thing I am super sure is that there was a guy showing pics of ISIS flag and making White House as background and warned you they were coming. Oh man, he looked much more trustworthy than your Snowden's friend story.

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