China lodges representations with US after unmanned airship shot down

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng on Sunday lodged solemn representations with the US embassy in China over the US use of force to attack China's civilian unmanned airship

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry on Monday, Xie stressed that the entry of the Chinese airship into US airspace due to force majeure was totally unexpected and accidental, and that the ins and outs of what happened are crystal clear and clearly do not allow room for distortion or smearing

However, the US side has turned a deaf ear to all of this and overreacted by insisting on the abusive use of force towards the civilian airship that was on route to leave US airspace, Xie said

This act has seriously violated the spirit of international law and international practice, he said

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relations since the two countries' leaders met in Bali, Indonesia," Xie said

He said China firmly opposes and strongly protests against this, urging the US side not to take further actions to harm China's interests and not to upgrade or expand tensions between the countries

"The Chinese government is closely following the development of the situation, and will resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese company concerned and safeguard China's interests and dignity, and reserves the right to further react in response to this matter, if necessary," Xie said


Date:07-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link