DOD officials believe the unsafe interceptions of U.S. and allied aircraft in international airspace is “a centralized and concerted campaign” by Chinese officials to “coerce a change in lawful U.S. operational activity,” said Ely Ratner, the assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs today.
Ratner and Navy Adm. John Aquilino, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke at the Pentagon about the dangers these Chinese intercepts pose for peace in the region.
Spotlight: Focus on Indo-Pacific The Chinese intercepts are not limited to the skies in international airspace. Ratner said this is but part of a broader pattern […]
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