China has denounced the United States for sending a reconnaissance aircraft over a no-fly zone its military sets up for live-fire drills.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said in a statement that the U-2 plane trespassed into the no-fly zone designated by the Northern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army on Tuesday, and severely affected its normal exercises.
He said the US action could easily have resulted in misjudgment and even accidents, and that the move was an obvious provocation.
He added that China is resolutely opposed to it, and has already lodged stern representations with the US side.
The Chinese authorities had announced that military drills will take place from late August in the Bohai Sea, the Yellow Sea and the South China Sea, and warned against entering the areas.
The Chinese military is repeatedly conducting military drills, apparently to check the US’s increasing profile around Taiwan and the South China Sea.