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CNN Continues the Provocation Against China

CNN Continues the Provocation Against China

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May 27, 2015 (EIRNS)–There has not yet been a repeat of the U.S. reconnaissance flight of May 20 over Chinese construction activity in the Spratly Islands, but that’s not stopping {CNN}, which had the special privilege of flying on board the P-8 that made the flight, from trying to get as much mileage out of it as possible. In a follow-up article yesterday, reporter Jim Sciutto provides a first-hand account of the flight, including revealing that it took off from Clark Air Base in the Philippines. “CNN has learned that the U.S. is considering flying its aircraft — and sailing its Navy warships — even closer to the islands to further demonstrate that the U.S. does not recognize China’s claims,” Sciutto writes. “The lowest we fly on this mission is 15,000 feet. But that could soon change.”

And in Manila, Philippines President Benigno Aquino (who, perhaps, has been emboldened by the U.S. flight) vowed, on Monday, to continue his country’s provocations against China–which he surely couldn’t do without direct U.S. backing–in the same area. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said he would ask Japan for defense equipment during an upcoming visit to that country. “My agenda, when my group speaks with the Japanese officials… is the probability of transferring military equipment,” he told reporters.

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