Apollo News reported that an American P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft flew over the center of the Taiwan Strait on June 24. The Chinese military sent fighter jets to drive it away. Audio recordings of a conversation between the Chinese and U.S planes lasting more than 20 minutes have attracted attention.

American aircraft received a threat from the Chinese Air Defense Force that the U.S. aircraft is approaching Chinese airspace, if it does not leave immediately, it will be intercepted.

U.S. aircraft responded that they were carrying out lawful military activities outside the territories of coastal states, guaranteed by international law.

The U.S Indo-Pacific Command later confirmed the incident. It also declares that the U.S will continue to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, including within the Taiwan Strait.

The U.S Indo-Pacific Command added that the U.S. conducts operations in the Taiwan Strait in accordance with international law to protect the rights and freedoms of navigation of all nations. The aircraft’s passage through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Apollo News cited Taiwan lawmaker Wang Dingyu on June 25 saying that the U.S. 7th Fleet, on average, sends ships through the Taiwan Strait every month, but it is relatively rare for them to fly over the Taiwan Strait.

Wang assessed, Perhaps the American plane’s move this time is a response to China’s recent incident of 29 military aircraft harassing the airspace southwest of Taiwan, even heading towards the Philippine Sea.

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