CHINA slammed the United States’s latest aggressive moves in the South China Sea yesterday after Washington sent a spy plane to Singapore.
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter and Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen followed their signing of an enhanced defence co-operation agreement on Monday by announcing the deployment of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon electronic intelligence plane to the city state.
They claimed it would help with “maritime security efforts,” among other areas.
But a stronger US military presence does “not conform to the common and long-term interests among the regional countries,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chuying told reporters yesterday.
In 2001 a major diplomatic incident ensued when an older EP-3 Orion surveillance plane collided in mid-air with a Chinese fighter jet over the South China Sea.