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China Protests U.S. Pacific Fleet Chief’s Spy-Plane Flight

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China renewed its protests over U.S. spy planes entering what it claims as territory after the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet joined a surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea.

“For a long time, U.S. military ships and aircraft have carried out frequent, widespread, and up-close surveillance of China, seriously harming bilateral mutual trust and China’s security interests, which could easily cause an accident at sea or in the air,” the Ministry of Defense said in a statement published by state-run People’s Daily.