It appears China is as happy as Russia to show just how little respect it has for the US' superpower 'hegemony' status. In May China flew close to Japan's airforce; in June, Russia flew nose-to-nose with the US; and now The Pentagon reports a Chinese fighter plane came within 30 feet of a US Navy Poseidon 8 plane. The 'Top-Gun' move came after several passes across the nose of the P-8 about 220km east of China's Hainan Island. The US has registered "strong concerns" with the Chinese government about "unsafe and unprofessional" conduct and The White House called the incident a "provocative action."
As DPA reports,
The United States charged Friday that a Chinese war plane made a "dangerous intercept" of a US Navy aircraft over international waters this week in the South China Sea.
The US has registered "strong concerns" with the Chinese government about "unsafe and unprofessional" conduct by its air force that put the safety of the US crew at risk, said Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman.
The incident happened Tuesday, within 220 kilometres east of China's Hainan Island, Kirby said.
The Chinese war plane made several passes around the US Navy's Poseidon 8 plane, coming at one point within 9 metres of the P8's wing.
The Chinese plane passed the nose of the P8 at a 90-degree angel, showing its belly and most likely its weapons load, Kirby said, and conducted a barrel roll over the top of the P8 at 15 metres.
"This kind of behaviour is not only unprofessional. It's unsafe," Kirby said. "It undermines efforts to continue developing military to military relations with the Chinese military." Kirby said he was not aware of any radio communications from the Chinese plane before the intercept.
"The message we are sending back to China is that it is unacceptable," Kirby said.
This is not the first time...
In 2001 a Chinese jet collided with a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off Hainan Island, killing the Chinese pilot and forcing the Navy plane to make an emergency landing on the island. Washington severed military relations with China after that episode.
And The White House National Securty Advisor blasted:
- *RHODES CALLS CHINA JET INCIDENT PROVOCATIVE ACTION
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So if its not the military, what else is backing the USDollar's hegemony?