China Demands US "Cease Immediately" Provocative Spy Plane Missions Near Its Borders

Tyler Durden's picture

Just days after a report that two Chinese J-11 fighter jets buzzed a US spy plane above the South China Sea, Beijing has officially escalated its displeasure at US surveillance up the chain of command and as Reuters reports, Beijing has demanded an end to all U.S. surveillance near China. 

As a reminder, a U.S. Defense official said two Chinese J-11 fighter jets flew within 50 feet (15 meters) of the U.S. EP-3 aircraft in what the Pentagon deemed an "unsafe" intercept. And, just like Russia, China has had enough and demands US provocations end.

Stock footage of a Chinese J-11 fighter

"It must be pointed out that U.S. military planes frequently carry out reconnaissance in Chinese coastal waters, seriously endangering Chinese maritime security," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei Hong told reporters, adding that  "we demand that the United States immediately cease this type of close reconnaissance activity to avoid having this sort of incident happening again."

Speaking at a regular press briefing, he described the Pentagon statement as "not true" and said the actions of the Chinese aircraft were "completely in keeping with safety and professional standards." "They maintained safe behavior and did not engage in any dangerous action," Hong said.

The encounter comes a week after China scrambled fighter jets as a U.S. Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Another Chinese intercept took place in 2014 when a Chinese fighter pilot flew acrobatic maneuvers around a U.S. spy plane.

We are confident Russia will echo China's concerns. As we summarized earlier this week, in just the past month there have been at least four close fly-bys involved Russian fighter jets following close US incursions:

First a Russian Su-24 "buzzed" the US missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea allegedly over Russian territorial waters; then just days later another Russian fighter jet flew within 50 feet of a US recon plane also flying over the Baltic Sea; this was followed by a third close encounter when a little over a week later a Russian Mig-31s flew within 50 feet of a US spy plane flying over a Russian naval base in the Kamchatka peninsula; the fourth provocation took place just days later when as a Russian SU-27 conducted a barrel roll over a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over the Baltic sea.

The Chinese intercept occurred days before President Barack Obama travels to parts of Asia from May 21-28, including a Group of Seven summit in Japan and his first trip to Vietnam.

Washington has accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea after creating artificial islands, while Beijing, in turn, has criticized increased U.S. naval patrols and exercises in Asia. In 2015, the United States and China announced agreements on a military hotline and rules of behavior to govern air-to-air encounters called the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES).

"This is exactly the type of irresponsible and dangerous intercepts that the air-to-air annex to CUES is supposed to prevent," said Greg Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies think-tank.

China has fired back that there would be no need for the "irresponsible" intercepts if the US did not launch recon missions in the first place.

However Poling pressed on and said that either some part of China's air force "hadn't gotten the message," or it was meant as a signal of displeasure with recent U.S. freedom of navigation actions in the South China Sea. "If the latter, it would be very disappointing to find China sacrificing the CUES annex for political gamesmanship."

Zhang Baohui, a security expert at Hong Kong's Lingnan University, said he believed the encounter highlighted the limitation of CUES, and shows that Chinese pilots would still fly close to U.S. surveillance planes if needed. "Frankly, we're always going to see these kinds of incidents as China will always put the priority on national security over something like CUES whenever it feels its interests are directly threatened," he said.

The latest encounter took place in international airspace about 100 nautical miles south of mainland China and about 50 nautical miles east of Hainan island, a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement issued later on Thursday.

Why is the US spying on Hainan? Because China's submarine bases on Hainan are home to an expanding fleet of nuclear-armed submarines and a big target for on-going Western surveillance operations. The Guangdong coast is also believed to be home to some of China's most advanced missiles, including the DF-21D anti-ship weapon.

And that is why US espionage in the region will continue, even as the Pentagon tries to put the blame on Beijing for any and all such future "close encounters" until eventually there is an "unexpected" incident.

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PPT Inc.'s picture
PPT Inc. (not verified) May 20, 2016 7:04 AM

"Demand" is a big word for a little man to use.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It's OK when we do it. It's not OK when 'they' do it. In fact, it's down right evil when 'they' do it.

<The definition of hypocrisy.>

headhunt's picture

That is the leftist way.

'OK for us but not for you.'

giovanni_f's picture

An expendable nation on track to its self-annihilation. Success is measured as damage done to innocent bystanders (all other nations on this planet) during its suicidal mission. No difference between a US war hawk's and a ISIS martyr's mindset.

And no room for left/right smokescreens.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

More "Do as we say not as we do".  We are the masters of that.

NidStyles's picture

What's this we shit, You have a Tribe member in your pocket?

Krungle's picture

Another goyim victim. Do I really need to point out the irony of a goyim crying about the Jews on a post about China? When the Brits were running their drug-and-control op on China, there were no Jews around. When Japan was attempting to conquer China, no Jews. When the Mongols did conquer China, no Jews. So, as I have to point out to you whiny professional white victims, y'all can conquer the world, enslave, rape, pillage and otherwise be terrible people without anyone with a yarmulke telling you to do so. Unless you want to blame the fact that you lot decided to convert to a heretical form of Judaism after invading Israel--yes, people who's calendars go back four thousand years or so tend to remember when you marched your legions into their country unprovoked. 

Cause here is the thing "victim": a hot war with China does not really advance the interest of the Jewish people. It may well advance the cause of a few sociopaths. Some of those sociopaths might be genetically Jewish. Some might be various flavors of Western European. Hell, some might be Chinese and African for all we know. But turning the world into a nuclear wasteland? Jews don't actually have a apocalypse fetish like their Christian offshoot and don't think they're going to bring the Messiah back by destroying the Earth. Since that is the outcome of starting a hot war with Russia and China, we can therefore conclude that it is not a Jewish plot. The people doing this shit are out of their fucking minds, and they are either nihilists or they believe in some crazy bullshit that obviously leads to them getting five billion virgins if they annihilate the Earth. 

You want to talk Israeli influence in US ME policy? Sure. Their designs on greater Israel have been written about in policy papers. They aren't hiding it. But they're a client state that takes US money to buy US weapons to further US geopolitical goals (while manipulating them to get what they want in the process). China? Yes, the stretch the US military so thin in hot wars with two superpowers so that they cannot maintain their presence in the ME at current levels really helps Israel, right? Because if the Americans are stretched thin, the Arabs and Iranians would never, ever take that opportunity to settle scores with Israel, right? Maybe you should think this shit through before you see a Jew hiding around every corner....


BandGap's picture

C'mon, Russia is running planes right back at the US (Alaska) and Europe.

This is all just a distraction for all parties involved. In fact, this might be helping the Chinese in getting the plebe's minds off the scarcity of pork bellies back home.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Let Russia put a spy plane 12 miles (or less) from a US nuclear submarine base and see if the US thinks it's all a game or something. Or run a warship within 12 miles of Groton, CT, where we have a sub base and manufacturing plant, and see how calm the US remains.

There is no doubt some tit for tat goes on all over the world. But clearly the US is an aggressor far more often than any other country. It's because God is on our side and we are an Empire.

The only purpose of power is to use it. And the US most definitely uses it. But we do it for the children and the evil Russians and Chinese do it so they can eat our precious children. /sarc

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

You are wrong. The Washington consensus and the 5 eyes are innocent, it is the Russian and Chinese who have always historically been the aggressors. How dare they place their boarders so close to our planes. 

Vageling's picture

And why did they started doing that? I mean they didn't before as they kept to the agreement. Oh right, they are responding to something. You know what it is they are responding to? Do you? Anyway...

Just a stupid silly game. Whatever side it is, they come, QRF sends up planes to come say: "HI! Can you please leave and we'll escort you while you are leaving." Nowadays the message is more like FUCK OFF considering the stunts that are pulled.

The MSM get a crumb and the pissing contest starts. Who has the better propaganda.  

MFL8240's picture

"Little man"  with much more sophisticated weapons against a military gutted by Bozo?

curbjob's picture

It's imperative that the US spy on Chinese manufacturing, specifically the factories that supply Walmart ... without this knowledge the US economy is doomed.

curbjob's picture

Yeah fuck em,  Auntie  Janet is going to buy back all our T's  for pennies on the  dollah  ... or since they won't accept  greenbacks, soylent green !

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Funny thing about Capitalism - it is the perfect economic creature of adaptibility.  We'll take some hits, but will be far better off on our own than China will be on their own.

curbjob's picture

Right, because the high point of capitalism is measured by how many spy planes a nation has leveraged .


Aside; kids in China can always ask their parents how to prepare rat ... suckling sustenance from a useless EBT card ?.. not so much.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

We throw away more food annually than any other country on earth - somehow I think we'll get by.  Good luck with rat!

curbjob's picture

Not to worry, the end of reserve currency status will strangely coincide with  the end of farm subsidies ...

self regulating. ?

popeye's picture

Well, it rather looks as though your over-regulated subsidised moral hazard infested TBTF bullshit version of capitalism isn't working so well either with that level of over-production.


Another propagandised greater fool?

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Not to mention the fact that China is running out of water and already has run out of farm land, rat is certainly the only fucking thing on your menu! LOL

drendebe10's picture

Illegal immigrant Indonesian Kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker looking to start a war so it can call off the elections so it can continue its corrupt traitorous regime?

SilverRhino's picture

Considering that we have never called off an election it would be civil war the day it was announced

BarkingCat's picture

Exactly. I see these retarded posts about suspending or calling off elections multiple times a week. Do these people have even a minimal knowledge of history??

One minute you will see posts about the president being only a puppet and then an hour later the same individual is calling Obama a dictator who is planning to become emperor. 

Pick one because it is not both.

popeye's picture

OK, understand what you are saying. Serious question though, from someone outside the US: do you believe a considerable portion of the US population would care enough about the Presidential election that they would threaten their personal safety to protest?


It has happened before, but societies change and the US has grown wealthy. We have recently seen protests & rebellions in less wealthy countries, but are people with a relatively good standard of living (no matter that it may have incrementally declined in the past several years) prepared to risk possessions and health for a political objective?


I have an opinion regarding the answer if applied to my society, but the answer may not be the same for each "wealthy" society. 

quadraspleen's picture

"Demand" is a big word for a little man to use.


I know. Obama demands shit all the time. He's as small as they come

buzzsaw99's picture

redickurous. we sell them all seven nuke bomb plans and then spy on them? we allow them to run a huge trade surplus and then spy on them? why bother, i think we've helped them enough already.

Troy Ounce's picture



Smart. A little war escalation will distract attnntoon from their own 911, debt, fraud, Obama shit

nibiru's picture

Someone had to elect Clinton, right? With too much noise those well-educated libtards have to vote for the RIGHT CANDIDATE 

wmbz's picture

"United States immediately cease this type of close reconnaissance activity to avoid having this sort of incident happening again."


Lea's picture


Do you really want to know?


wmbz's picture

Yes, do tell please. I'm always happy to hear from those in the know.

cliffynator's picture

What are Russia and China worried about? Don't they remember that the U.S. president has the Nobel Peace Prize?!

sushi's picture

Put a Chinese aircraft 11.9 miles off San Diego and see how long it stays in the air.



headhunt's picture

Zero would not do a damn thing, he would be too busy dreaming of dick.

wmbz's picture

To be sure! A little lousy golf, and the prize, Reggie spanking that skinny ass.

headhunt's picture

What pronoun do we use for the current President?

Anyone know?

philipat's picture

Unless you are in NYC, then you have to be very careful, especially with Moochelle. That can cost you 250K if you don't get it right?

Jason T's picture

China .. they owe us big time for saving their asses from the Japs.

chairman mao's picture

True, you can say there is a soft spot in every chinese's heart for america, you did bail china out when every body just watched. 

You guys got back stabbed in Korea. The entire chinese leadership were against going to war vs USA but emperor Mao insisted.

East Indian's picture

Yes. And by the same yardstick, what do these nations owe you? North Korea. Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia,Sudan, Libya, Syria, ...

nibiru's picture

Guys, you getting ready to rumble? Because China has a lot of people that when angry they can be directed to project their strength with bigger force than I guess anyone else.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Someone on another thread mentioned China has an 'extra' 100 million men. Is that like having an extra toe or head? Or maybe an extra brother?

nibiru's picture

In eyes of politicians and central planners/establishment probably it has similar weight

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Please, their only benefit is sending waves and waves of mal nutritioned, rice harvesting peasants until our bullets run out.  Similar to the Kill Bot strategy used in Futurama.  We can always build more Kill Bots!

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) nibiru May 20, 2016 7:25 AM

Lei Ying Lo

fingulas's picture

Cost in joules to move one effective combatant 1 km?  Plus re-supply?   Numbers were all well and good in WWI, now...not so much.

luckylongshot's picture

Its nice to see someone facing down the out of control bully that the US has become.