China is said to have used ‘military exercises’ to cover up the search for the missing Y-8 aircraft.
Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) has confirmed that a Chinese military plane crashed in the South China Sea earlier this month.
State Security Director Chen Mingtong officially confirmed on Thursday (March 10) that a People’s Liberation Army Air Force plane crashed in the South China Sea on March 1. This confirms a Vietnamese journalist’s report about a Chinese military patrol plane that crashed off the coast of Vietnam.
On March 6, Duan Dang, citing sources familiar with the matter, said the PLA Air Force lost contact with a Y-8 maritime patrol plane as it flew over a body of water southwest of the city. Sanya, China’s Hainan Province on March 1. Deng wrote: China quickly launched a search and rescue operation and “covered it up with drills” on March 1-2.
China has never acknowledged the incident, but Taiwanese media noted a sudden drop in Y-8 flights over Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, which was not reported from March 2 to May 7. 3. Zhang Jing, a researcher at the Taiwan Institute of Strategic Studies, denounced Deng Xiaoping’s March 7 report as “nonsense”, claiming that the Chinese military was more open than before and that if a crash happens, it won’t. cover it.
However, at the meeting of the Legislative People’s Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense on Thursday, Chen Deming said a PLA Air Force plane crashed in the South China Sea in early March. According to Chen, China has responded to the incident by establishing a no-go zone in the nearby waters, conducting search and rescue efforts and “military training”.
This mention of military training is consistent with Deng Xiaoping’s assertion that the March 4-15 strike drills in the South China Sea, near the coast of Vietnam, were involved in the accident. Then, Chen said, while the world is focusing on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, less attention is paid to the South China Sea, a situation China is using to “test the limits of the United States and other parties.” East Sea dispute.”