News crew on South China Sea surveillance flight hears Chinese warnings: ‘Leave immediately’

News crew on South China Sea surveillance flight hears Chinese warnings: ‘Leave immediately’
A P-8A Poseidon of Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16) deploys a torpedo. (Image: USN via Wikipedia)

[Ed. – That’s how you do it.]

The US Navy P-8A Poseidon jet was flying at 16,500 feet to get a view of low-lying coral reefs that have been turned into garrisons with five-storey buildings, large radar installations, power plants and runways sturdy enough to carry large military aircraft.

During the flight that was giving journalists from CNN a rare look at the islands, the crew was warned six times by the Chinese military to get out of their territory.

A voice said: “US military aircraft, this is China … leave immediately and keep out to avoid any misunderstanding.”

Each time the aircraft was challenged by the Chinese military, the US Navy crew’s response was the same.

The response was: “I am a sovereign immune United States naval aircraft conducting lawful military activities beyond the national airspace of any coastal state.

“In exercising these rights as guaranteed by international law, I am operating with due regard for the rights and duties of all states.”

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