US warplane approaches within 100 km of China’s Shanghai, closest in recent years
In what comes as a dramatic escalation of Cold War-style diplomacy and worsening of relations between the United States and China, American warplanes have now approached the Chinese mainland, with one of them approaching within 100 km of Shanghai, a media report on Monday detailed.
An update issued by the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative informed that a United States P-8A (Poseidon) anti-submarine plane and an EP-3E reconnaissance plane had entered the Taiwan Strait, flying near the coast of Zhejiang and Fujian on Sunday night.
According to the report by the think-tank linked to the Beijing-based Peking University, the P-8A warplane came as close as 76.5 km of the city of Shanghai. This is being regarded as one of the closest passes by any such American warplane to the Chinese mainland in recent years.
The update further detailed that apart from the P-8A warplane, the EP-3E reconnaissance plane had also entered the Taiwan Strait on Sunday night and had come within 106 k of Fujian’s southern coast.
The first tweet from the think tank came on Sunday morning when it said that the reconnaissance plane was flying back after approaching Fujian and the southern part of the Taiwan Strait.
The second tweet came at night, warning that the US Navy P-8A was operating near Shanghai, with the USS Rafael Peralta, a guided-missile destroyer, following a similar route, asking if it might be a joint operation.