U.S. military aircraft flies near Taiwan for 10th day

06/30/2020 04:23 PM
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File photo from the U.S. Department of Defense website.
File photo from the U.S. Department of Defense website.

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) A United States warplane flew over waters near Taiwan on Tuesday, the 10th consecutive day American military aircraft have been active in the area at a time when China forced through a highly controversial security law for Hong Kong.

At 11:50 a.m., a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft took off from the Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan and flew over the Taiwan Strait on a mission to the South China Sea, according to a tweet by the South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI) under the Peking University Institute of Ocean Research.

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has repeatedly declined to comment on U.S. flights in the region, including Tuesday's mission.

On Monday, a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft and a C-40A Clipper, as well as RC-135U, KC-135R and EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft were confirmed by the SCSPI to have flown over the strait on similar flight paths at different time intervals.

Meanwhile, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top lawmaking body, unanimously approved a national security law for Hong Kong amid objections from people in Hong Kong and Western countries.

The legislation is expected to escalate tensions between Beijing and the West, in particular the U.S., as the COVID-19 pandemic regains steam and the U.S. presidential election approaches.

(By Flor Wang and Matt Yu)

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