Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Counter-Coercion Series: “Top Gun” Incident


amti.csis.org [original article contains links]

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On August 19, 2014, a Chinese J-11B fighter dangerously intercepted a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft 135 miles east of Hainan Island. Media reports speculated that the U.S. surveillance effort was focused on China’s Yulin submarine base at nearby Hainan. ...

On August 22, the White House and Department of Defense (DOD) revealed the encounter to the public and distributed photographs taken during the intercept. A Pentagon spokesperson described the confrontation in depth, criticizing China’s “unacceptable” and “unprofessional” behavior. ...

Chinese officials quickly responded to this public diplomacy. On August 23, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesperson actually denied the United States’ description of the factual details of the incident. ...

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