Response to US Patrol? Beijing’s Fighter Jets Hold Drills in S China Sea
Two fighter jets assigned to China’s PLA Navy flew training missions from an airstrip located in the South China Sea after the USS Lassen entered the strategic waterway and sailed close to the archipelago, which Beijing claims as its own, South China Morning Post reported.
On Saturday, the People’s Liberation Army Navy posted several photos of two Shenyang J-11 air superiority fighters on its website. Two of the released images show the aircraft in the skies above the South China Sea. The rest display the J-11’s take-off and landing.
The PLA Navy reported that the drills took place on October 30.
Three days earlier, the USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of one of Beijing’s man-made islands in the contested Spratly archipelago despite repeated warnings from China that such overt action would be taken as a deliberate provocation in an already strained relationship between the two countries.
“It’s a signal China sent to the US that it is serious about its claims. This is the minimum level of response
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