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    Chinese military refutes US military defamation of plane encounter

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    BEIJING, Jan. 1 — China‘s PLA Southern Theater Command released a written statement on Saturday evening to refute the recent slander by the US military, saying the US deliberately misled public opinion, distorted the facts, blamed the innocent and attempted to deceive the international community. community.

    The US Indo-Pacific Command recently claimed in a statement that a PLAN J-11 fighter jet had carried out a so-called “dangerous maneuver” against a USAF RC-135 aircraft. Senior Air Force Colonel Tian Junli, spokesperson for the PLA’s Southern Theater Chinese Command, said in a statement responding to media that the US military’s statement ignores the facts and does not is slander and speculation. The spokesperson pointed out that on December 21, an American RC-135 aircraft carried out intentional close reconnaissance near the southern coast of China and the Xisha Islands of Hainan Province. The PLA Southern Theater Command deployed air assets to track and monitor US aircraft throughout the process. In the process, in defiance of the Chinese pilot’s repeated warnings, the American plane abruptly changed its flight attitude and forced the Chinese plane to the left. Such a dangerous approach maneuver seriously affected the flight safety of the Chinese military aircraft, seriously violating the US-China Memorandum of Understanding on Rules of Conduct for Safe Air and Sea Encounters and international laws and practices. relevant. The spokesperson pointed out that the Chinese pilot handled the incident in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and carried out professional and standard operations, which fully demonstrated the Chinese military’s responsible attitude towards safety. regional level and the safety of front-line staff. “We strongly urge the US side to restrict the operations of its frontline air and naval troops, strictly abide by relevant international laws and agreements, and prevent any accidental occurrences at sea and in the air,” the spokesperson said at the end of the statement, adding that the Chinese military will always remain on high alert and firmly carry out their duties and missions to safeguard China‘s sovereignty and security.

    This video released by the Chinese PLA Southern Theater Command shows that the American RC-135 aircraft suddenly changed its flight attitude and performed a dangerous approach maneuver at 11:25:17 a.m. (Beijing time) on December 21, 2022.

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