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China's Defence Ministry tells US to stop air and naval surveillance near its borders

Published on Aug 28, 2014 6:53 PM
 
A Chinese J-11 fighter jet is seen flying near a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon about 215km east of China's Hainan Island in this US Department of Defence handout photo taken on Aug 19, 2014. China's military on Thursday, Aug 28, told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to "undesirable accidents". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to "undesirable accidents".

The US should "take concrete measures to decrease close-in reconnaissance activities against China towards a complete stop", Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said at a monthly briefing.

Mr Yang's comments came with Beijing and Washington at odds over an incident last week in the skies 220km off China's Hainan island.

The US said that an armed Chinese fighter jet flew dangerously close to a US military aircraft, while China countered in a ministry statement carried on state media that the allegations were "totally groundless".

 
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