China has confirmed that a US Navy EP-3 spy plane conducted close-in spying activities near China’s Hainan Island on Tuesday and urged the US to “immediately stop relevant close-in reconnaissance actions“.
Such spy flights have led to serious clashes and sunk two-way ties before, including the collision in 2001 of a Chinese PLA Navy J-8 fight jet and a US Navy EP-3 spy plane off China’s Hainan Island, which caused the death of Chinese pilot Wang Wei.
The Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday that two Chinese fighter jets carried out an “unsafe” intercept of a US military reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Thursday, “We have got information from the departments concerned, and what the US side has said is untrue.”
As the US plane embarked on a close-in reconnaissance on Tuesday, two Chinese military airplanes “followed and monitored it in accordance with laws and regulations”, “maintained safe distance” from it, and “China’s relevant operations subscribed to professional and security standards,” Hong said.
“The US military warships and aircraft have conducted close-in reconnaissance frequently for a long time, posing a serious threat to China’s maritime and airspace security,” Hong added.
Definition and examples
Spy plane យន្តហោះចារកម្ម
Supersonic plane យន្តហោះលឿនជាងសម្លេង
Military reconnaissance aircraft យន្តហោះឈ្លបយកការណ៍យោធា
Conduct close-in spying activities ធ្វើសកម្មភាពចារកម្មការយ៉ាងជិត
Relevant close-in reconnaissance actions សកម្មភាពពាក់ព័ន្ធឈ្លបយកការណ៍យ៉ាងជិត
Lead to serious clashes នាំឱ្យមានការប៉ះទង្គិចគ្នាយ៉ាងធ្ងន់ធ្ងរ
Untimely Death ការស្លាប់ទាំងនៅវ័យក្មេង
Carry out an “unsafe” intercept of somebody ធ្វើការស្ទាក់ចាប់នរណាម្នាក់ដោយគ្មានសុវត្ថិភាព
Embark on a close-in reconnaissance ចាប់ផ្ដើមធ្វើការឈ្លបយកការណ៍យ៉ាងជិត
Pose a serious threat to បង្កការគំរាមកំហែងយ៉ាងធ្ងន់ធ្ងរដល់
Maritime and airspace security សន្ដិសុខដែនសមុទ្រនិងដែនអាកាស
Translated and taught by Sin Sidara