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China has demanded that the United States stop spy plane flights near the Chinese coast, saying they have "severely harmed" trust between the two countries, state-run media reported Wednesday.
The comments came after Taiwanese media reported two Chinese fighter jets attempted to scare off an American U2 reconnaissance plane that was collecting intelligence on China while flying along the Taiwan strait in late June.
Proposals to retire the U-2 have been met with significant resistance from military leadership due to gaps in capability that would present if the U-2 were removed from service. In 2009, the Air Force stated that it plans to extend the U-2 retirement from 2012 until 2014 or later to allow more time to field the RQ-4 Global Hawk as a replacement. In December 2009, South Korea's JoongAng Daily newspaper reported that the RQ-170 Sentinel was to replace U-2s operating from Osan Air Base in 2010.
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
Im surprised the US is still using a 50 year old spy plane to collect data.
Originally posted by doom27
The comments came after Taiwanese media reported two Chinese fighter jets attempted to scare off an American U2 reconnaissance plane that was collecting intelligence on China while flying along the Taiwan strait
Originally posted by djs37
reply to post by doom27
I could not agree more - hit the nail on the head!
Who ever asked USA to play this role?
It is not even a constructive, well thought out role that can ensure any peace prospects!
STOP WAR MONGERING - and fix your economy (stop paying out to greedy fat cats)
Originally posted by JennaDarling
Originally posted by ShaunHatfield
reply to post by JennaDarling
If?? Are you kidding? The Chinese are sponsoring hackers to collect info from the US every single minute of the day!
Does China send jets into US airspace?
I'm guessing no.
Chinese Spy 'Slept' In U.S. for 2 Decades
Prosecutors called Chi Mak the "perfect sleeper agent," though he hardly looked the part. For two decades, the bespectacled Chinese-born engineer lived quietly with his wife in a Los Angeles suburb, buying a house and holding a steady job with a U.S. defense contractor, which rewarded him with promotions and a security clearance. Colleagues remembered him as a hard worker who often took paperwork home at night.