By: Scott Neuman
U.S. F-18 fighter jets fly over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
during fly exercises in the Persian Gulf. A pair of this same type of aircraft landed in Taiwan, reportedly with mechanical problems. — Hassan Ammar AP
China is strongly protesting the apparent emergency landing of two U.S. Navy F-18 fighters at an airbase in Taiwan — the first time such an incident has occurred in three decades.
Beijing has long considered Taiwan part of its territory and the presence of U.S. warplanes there has caused unease.
“We have already made solemn representations to the U.S. side,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, told a regular news briefing. [FULL STORY]
“We require the U.S. to abide by the ‘One-China Policy’ … to prudently deal with the relevant issue,” Hua added.
Media in Taiwan have portrayed the incident as a first since the mid-1980s.