U.S. and China Trade Verbal Blows in This Tense Encounter Over the Sea

“Leave immediately or I will intercept!”
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On August 28 and 29, China accused the U.S. of violating its airspace over the Taiwan Strait. The encounter was between U.S. military helicopters and a Chinese warplane. 

In a report by the Eurasian Times, a representative from Taiwan ADIZ said that a U.S. Navy Sikorsky MH-60 Seahawk helicopter crossed the 12-nautical-mile line separating China’s territorial sea from Taiwan. This prompted a Chinese warplane to issue a radio challenge: “I am the Chinese Air Force, you are approaching my airspace, leave immediately, or I will intercept!”

The American Seahawk pilot responded: “I am a United States military aircraft conducting lawful military activities in international airspace and exercising these rights as guaranteed by international law. I am operating with due regard to the rights and duties of all states.”

Listen to the radio exchange below. 

According to Eurasian Times, the two MH-60 Seahawk helicopters are likely from the U.S. Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, the USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), which entered the Taiwan Strait on August 28.

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