- Beijing-based think tank counts 50 sorties by American military aircraft over South China Sea in first three weeks
- Numerous reconnaissance flights have ventured close to Chinese airspace on southern coast
American E-8C surveillance planes have made multiple flights close to the Chinese coast in the past week. Photo: Handout
The United States has ramped up its aerial reconnaissance of the Chinese coast and the South China Sea to record levels, according to a Beijing-based think tank. In the past week alone, US air force E-8C surveillance planes were spotted closer than 100 nautical miles to the southeast coast of Guangdong province on four separate occasions, the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) said.