Defence ministry claims that the US twisted the facts.
Tian claimed it was purposefully performing close-range reconnaissance on China’s southern coastline.
United States “deliberately misleads public opinion” said Tian.
Following a collision between a Chinese jet and a US plane over the South China Sea, the defence ministry claims that the US twisted the facts.
Following a collision between a Chinese fighter jet and an American surveillance plane over the disputed South China Sea, China’s defence ministry accused the United States of breaking international law and engaging in “slander and sensationalism”.
The announcement was made late on Saturday, days after the US military asserted that on December 21, a Chinese J-11 fighter jet flew within 6 metres (20 feet) of a US RC-135 aircraft, causing the latter to do evasive manoeuvres to avoid a collision.
The US Indo-Pacific Command, according to Tian Julin, a spokesperson for China’s defence ministry, has misrepresented the circumstances surrounding the incident, and it was the US aircraft that engaged in “dangerous manoeuvres” against the Chinese plane.
Tian claimed that when the People’s Liberation Army dispatched fighter jets to track and monitor the US plane, it was purposefully performing close-range reconnaissance on China’s southern coastline.
The US aircraft abruptly changed its flight attitude in a “dangerous approach movement, which gravely jeopardised the flight safety of the Chinese military aircraft,” he claimed, in spite of repeated warnings from the Chinese side.
The Chinese plane was allegedly approached by the US aircraft in a video of the incident that was also made public by the defence ministry.
In an effort to deceive the global audience, the United States “deliberately misleads public opinion,” Tian said.
“We solemnly request the US side to control the operations of frontline naval and air forces, carefully observe relevant international laws and agreements, and avoid maritime and aviation mishaps.”
Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei all claim portions of the South China Sea as their own sovereign territory, despite China’s near-total claim to the entire region.
Every year, trillions of dollars’ worth of trade pass through the waterway, which is also home to abundant gas deposits and fishing grounds.
China claims that US military actions that routinely conduct surveillance missions and transit through the region are detrimental to peace.
Tension has grown between the world’s two largest economies on a number of issues, including Beijing’s record on human rights and its claims to Taiwan, which is a self-governing island.
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