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« on: May 24, 2015, 12:03:16 PM »
Philippine Star – Sat, May 23, 2015


WASHINGTON – The United States military will continue air and sea patrols in international waters even after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a US surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea.

The Philippine government also declared it would continue activities in the region, calling on China to respect freedom of navigation and aviation.

“Our position on the importance of letting freedom of navigation, freedom of aviation and international law prevail in the area we are talking about does not change. That is why this is not affected by the new development,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told a press briefing yesterday.

“Our position on this matter is consistent and resolute. While we recognize that there is tension, we will remain assertive and determined to push for our position by adhering to international law,” Coloma said.

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said it was unclear on what basis the Chinese navy issued the warning to a US military plane that was flying over the Spratlys in the South China Sea.

Harf said the verbal warnings aired by the Chinese to the US plane could not be classified as a confrontation.

The incident, along with recent Chinese warnings to Philippine military aircraft to leave areas around the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea, suggested Beijing is trying to enforce a military exclusion zone above its new islands there.

Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in filling in land in contested territory in the Spratly islands and in building an airstrip suitable for military use and that it may be planning another.


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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2015, 09:48:59 PM »

China declares victory in US surveillance overflight

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May 22, 2015


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The US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane received several warnings from the Chinese military as it flew over the South China Sea (AFP Photo/Carl Court)

China declared victory on Friday over an encounter with a US surveillance aircraft overflying the contested South China Sea, saying its military "drove away" the intruder with radio warnings.

Beijing is in the throes of a rapid land-reclamation programme in the area, building artificial islands and facilities including an airstrip -- raising tensions with Washington and the risk of a standoff on the high seas.

China regards almost the whole of the South China Sea as its own and the foreign ministry condemned the overflight as "highly irresponsible and dangerous", warning that such actions could cause "unwanted incidents".
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2015, 09:49:42 PM »

The US Navy has released video footage taken from the P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane, which received several warnings from the Chinese military to retreat as it flew over the South China Sea -- home to vital shipping lanes.

The footage showed a flotilla of vessels carrying out reclamation works in one lagoon, and an airstrip under construction on another island.

A CNN crew on board captured a tense radio exchange between the US aircraft and Chinese forces.

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Chinese fishing vessels are seen anchored at Fiery Cross Reef -- part of the Spratly islands which are claimed partially or in their entirety by Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei (AFP Photo/)

"This is the Chinese navy... This is the Chinese navy... Please go away... to avoid misunderstanding," a voice can be heard telling the Americans.

The Chinese navy issued eight such warnings during the P-8's flight near Fiery Cross Reef, one of the sites of Beijing's land reclamation effort, CNN reported.

American pilots replied in each case that they were flying through "international airspace".

Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing in Beijing: "China garrison troops drove it away by radio in accordance with relevant regulations.

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Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

"US actions have posed threats to the security of Chinese maritime features, it is highly likely to cause unwanted incidents, it's highly irresponsible and dangerous. We are strongly dissatisfied with this."

He urged the US not to take "any risky and provocative actions", saying China would "take proper and necessary measures to guard against any harm to China's maritime features and incidents in waters and airspace," he added.

China's state broadcaster, CCTV, played part of the CNN footage showing the Chinese navy ordering the US plane out of the area with Chinese subtitles.

The US does not recognise China's claims to the artificial islands.

But China has repeatedly said it has "indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha islands and adjacent waters", using its name for the archipelago known as the Spratlys.

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2015, 05:33:29 PM »
Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs
By TERESA CEROJANO
3 hours ago


MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States.

President Benigno Aquino III told reporters there is no declared air defense identification zone over the area and "we will still fly the routes that we fly based on international law."

"We will still exercise our rights over our exclusive economic zone," he said, adding that the "bottom line is, it has to be clear, we will defend our rights to the best of our abilities."

Aquino also pointed to the disparity in the military strength of China and the Philippines, saying China should not bully a smaller country because it would hurt its image as it tries to create good will with its trading partners.

The Philippines is pursuing international arbitration and diplomatic efforts to try to resolve the territorial dispute with China.


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