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Chinese Fighters Breach Taiwan Airspace Pursuing US Spy Plane

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Back in June, two Chinese fighters jets flew over Taiwan's airspace to pursue a US spy plane. It's caused some tension between China and the US. But the US says that its surveillance flights near China will continue.

Two Chinese fighter jets reportedly breached Taiwan's airspace on June 29th for the first time in more than ten years.

According to the United Daily News—a Taiwanese newspaper—the Chinese jets were pursuing a US spy plane.

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense responded by dispatching two of its fighter planes to intercept the Chinese Sukhoi-27 jets. The two Chinese jets turned back immediately.

A spokesperson for the ministry said he thinks the incident was unintentional.

Western media reported that Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense and the Pentagon have declined to verify the report.

US surveillance flights to mainland China will likely continue. The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen told reporters that, "The Chinese would see us move out of there. We're not going to do that. These reconnaissance flights are important."

Mullen's spokesperson later clarified that Mullen's statement refers in general to the US right to fly in international airspace—and not the June 29th incident.

The Chinese regime strongly opposes US surveillance of its coastline ever since a US spy plane collided with its army jet in 2001, killing the Chinese pilot.