Amid rising tensions between the US and China, CNN has reported an incident from the South China Sea where a Chinese fighter jet confronted a US Navy plane with its journalists onboard. The jet was armed with an air-to-air missile and was so close that the crew could see the pilots ‘looking at them’ and make out the red star on the tail fins and the missiles it was armed with. They could also hear a voice over the plane’s radio stating that they were entering Chinese airspace and to not proceed any further. After 15 minutes, the Chinese fighter jet turned away. South China Sea has emerged as a major potential flashpoint in Asia Pacific with the area providing strategic waterways to vast resources and global shipping passes worth $3.4 trillion.
Today: December 9, 2023