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China denies intercepting US aircraft

China has denied US allegations that two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American military plane earlier this week, saying that its aircrafts were acting “in accordance with the law.”

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after four Chinese coastguard vessels entered what Japan considers its territorial waters near disputed East China Sea islets and a drone-like object flew near one ship, Japan said.

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Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the U.S. military described on Thursday as an “unprofessional” intercept of a U.S. aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea.

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WITH two devastating air strikes in Syria and Afghanistan, the United States under new President Donald Trump has changed the world’s perception of it as a world power reluctant to get involved too deeply in disputes and hostilities involving many nations today.

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The South China Sea has long been the center of our attention in this part of the world, because of the overlapping claims of several nations on parts of the maritime area. When new American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came to Asia last week, however, it was to seek cooperation to meet the threat posed by North Korea not only to the surrounding countries but also to the US itself.

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China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) in the South China Sea, an official said, as two US senators introduced a bill to impose sanctions on its activities in the disputed waterway.

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