U.S. Accuses China of Conducting 'Centralized, Concerted' Campaign of Harassment of Aircraft

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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