The tension between China and the United States escalated once again on Monday, following a recent incident in which a Chinese fighter jet engaged in an “aggressive” maneuver dangerously close to an American spy plane. The Pentagon accused the Chinese pilot of conducting the maneuver in international airspace over the South China Sea.
CNN reported that the incident occurred on Sunday and that the Chinese fighter came within 45 feet of the American plane. The sudden proximity of the Chinese jet caused turbulence that rattled the cockpit of the US aircraft. Although the United States has previously criticized China’s military activities in the area, this incident marks the first time that a Chinese fighter jet has come so close to a US spy plane.
In response to the incident, US officials have called for greater vigilance in the region and have warned that such actions could lead to unintended consequences. However, China has defended its actions, stating that its military operations are conducted in accordance with international law and that the United States has no right to interfere in its affairs.
This latest incident comes amid growing tensions between the two countries, which have been embroiled in a trade war for the past two years. The United States has also criticized China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, which the US sees as a strategic waterway crucial for international trade. Monday’s incident is sure to heighten tensions even further, and both sides are likely to continue to issue strong statements in the coming days.