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China Warns U.S. Following Emergency Landing of Two Marine Hornets in Taiwan

Two Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323 fly a mission during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. Two planes from the same squadron made an emergency landing in Taiwan on Wednesday. US Navy Photo

Two Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) fly a mission during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. Two planes from the same squadron made an emergency landing in Taiwan on Wednesday. US Navy Photo

China issued the U.S. a warning not to interfere with its relationship with Taiwan following the Wednesday emergency landing of two Marine strike fighters in Taiwan.

During a Thursday press conference, a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said China had expressed concern over the emergency landing to the U.S.

“We have taken note of the relevant report, and have lodged solemn representations with the U.S. side,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, according to a transcript of the presser.
“China urges the US to abide by the one China policy and the principles enshrined in the three joint communiqués between China and the U.S., prudently and properly handle relevant issues and prevent similar case from emerging again.”

China regularly invokes a series of 1982 bilateral communiqués in which the U.S. agreed it would not interfere with Chinese internal affairs.

The two Boeing F/A-18C Hornets assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) were in transit to Singapore to participate in the air-to-air exercise Commando Sling when one of the aircraft had a mechanical malfunction and landed at Tainan airport in southern Taiwan.

“A persistent engine oil pressure warning light precipitated the precautionary emergency landing of one aircraft, the second landed in order to maintain section integrity,” Pentagon spokeswoman Henrietta Levin told USNI News on Thursday.

Tainan airport is an approved emergency divert field, Levin said.

The Hornets are still in Taiwan as of Thursday afternoon and a timeline for recovery is unclear, officials told USNI News.

The Hornets are based in Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. and were flying from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan as part of the unit deployment program.

  • Ctrot

    The “One China” lie is one the US should have rejected from day one.

    • Th3Acadia

      Actually US has a different One China Policy from China’s One China policy. Theirs stipulates that Taiwan belongs to them, ours does not.

      • Secundius

        @ Th3Acadia.

        Unfortunately, the United States doesn’t Officially recognize the ROC (Taiwan) as a independent nation either…

        • Taiwan is Taiwan

          Even though the US does not Officially recognize ROC; She also does not Officially not recognize Taiwan.

      • Oooops

        Perhaps US’s “One China Policy” actually means, one China (PROC), and one Taiwan. And Taiwan is not part of PROC. So, screw ya~

    • Secundius

      @ Ctrot.

      That’s what happens when Cheap Labor collides with Common Sense…

  • yerbullshit

    Taiwan IS a US ally, China has no business commenting on our movements.

    • Secundius

      @ jerbullshit.

      Haven’t you heard, Now that they have a Bigger Navy then us (the USA). They think they have Total Control of that part of the World. And everybody has to Listen and Play by their Rules…

      • Mick Wagner

        Are you drunk, or high? The U.S. Navy is larger than the next 10 navies combined!

        • Joe Blow

          Mick – you might want to check your facts/numbers. While we still hold a slight qualitative edge, the fact is that China’s navy has greatly increased the size of it’s fleet over the past 2 decades (particularly in combatants)….and is accelerating….while we’re struggling just to maintain our current numbers (which continue to decline annually). Yes, we still have 10 carriers (the source of the mythical claim that we “have more than the next 10 navies combined”), but only 4-5 are actually available for deployment at any one time. Unfortunately, in this case Secundius is (at least partially) correct…..quantity has a quality all its own, and over the next decade, the Chinese will pull level with us (and ultimately surge ahead). Remember, in any conventional fight, they’ll have “home-field advantage”, while we struggle at the end of a VERY long supply line…..

        • apacherat

          Does the PRA-N have hospital ships that are classified as warships to make the U.S. Navy a;ppear larger than it really is ? Do the chi-coms have Little Crappy Ships (LSC) that can’t fight ? Obama’s PC Navy does.

          • Secundius

            @ apacherat.

            Education and History Lesson 101: Crappy Little Ships, introduced by SecDef. Donald Rumsfeld in 2001 to President George W. Bush, Jr. Fund by GOP Republican Congress in 2005. Obama to Office of President in 2008. Still stuck with Crappy Little Ships…

        • Secundius

          @ Mick Wagner.

          Really? Current size of US Navy as of March 2015 ~272-ships. Current size of PLAN as of March 2015 ~495-ships…

    • Murray King

      An orchestrated fraudulent breach of regional security protocol by the ‘Master Terrorists’.

    • NotSoBrightFleshLight

      Are they really out ally though? I think we are just on, “good terms.”

  • Secundius

    Maybe we should have landed in Mainland China instead. Save the ChiCom’s the trouble of coming to our country and Stealing Our Technology Here…

    • NavySubNuke

      We tried that with an EP-3 not all that long ago….

      • Secundius

        @ NavySubNuke.

        I forgot about that one, My Bad…

  • TheSlot1942

    Dear China; Gobble down a massive bag of d!cks you fuk’n parasites! Sincerely, USMC

  • Hartless63

    perhaps we should just build an american island in the south China Sea with an emergency divert airfield – just in case.

    • Mister Jones

      We have ten. They are called aircraft carriers.

      • Secundius

        @ Mister Jones.

        VMFA-323 Marine Corps Squadron of Carrier Air Wing 11, currently deployed CVN-68, USS. Nimitz. Wasn’t around to retrieve them…

  • Dennis G

    I guess China is afraid the 2 pilots were spies, trying to see how cheap trinket jewelry is made by 8 year old kids.

  • 1982 bilateral communiqués is VOID! Due to chinese aggresive behaviors in recent years.

  • Russ Neal

    Just like with Iran; when there is no push back, bad guys keep pushing.

  • muzzleloader

    Some one please tell the PRC to stick their warning up their @$$e$.

  • Secundius

    We could try asking Taiwan, if their willing to lease Green Island, 21-miles off their East Coast. With an asphalt runway of 3,255-feet long by 75-feet wide. ~5.83-square miles and population of ~2,634 people, unfortunately also a Prison Island. But local’s their need jobs, too…

  • Mister Jones

    Fuck em. Here, catch a Mk 82. Go long.

    • JJSchwartz

      Go ugly!

  • Cdb Spender

    Hey China GFY!

  • publius_maximus_III

    Obviously those two USMC pilots were vewy, vewy fwightened by da mean old mainlanders. Not!

  • phillipnapper

    mmmmm, if i remember taiwan , or formosa, was always part of china, it just got occupied with the remnants of the free Chinese army as the communists took control, and the locals were very happy with that. did taiwan ever legally or otherwise secede from china formally, or is it still part of an ongoing civil war.

    • Secundius

      @ phillipnapper.

      People’s Republic of China (Mainland), established in 1 October 1949. Republic of China (Taiwan), established in 25 October 1945 , but Constitution wasn’t ratified until 25 December 1947. But, by PRC standards ROC declaration is Non-Binding. ROC can claim Independence, but PRC won’t recognize Independence…

    • Oooops

      Not quite… The relationship between Taiwan and China, is somewhat like US and UK hundred years ago. Ongoing civil war is a lie that the PROC government tells their people everyday.

  • Marjus Plaku

    Must burn them real bad that they can’t even cross the median without triggering a scramble, and here the US forces are welcomed to land and frolic at a moments notice.

  • Taiwan is Taiwan

    Marine Air Squadron 323 is merely returning to its old base to meet up with old friends. Tainan AFB was Squadron 323’s serving base in the Vietnam era.

  • bbface212

    Diplomacy in action:

    “We have taken note of the relevant report, and have lodged solemn representations with the U.S. side,” Translation: Don’t give us the “oil pressure” crap you muthaf-ers.

    “a timeline for recovery is unclear, officials told USNI News.” Translation: Go [expletive] yourselves.

  • Michael Nunez

    If Taiwan is really TRUE , They should have been First to tell Beijing , IT”S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS……

    • Secundius

      @ Michael Nunez.

      The problem is, “If ou say it enough times, the other side stop’s listening too you”.It’s like “Crying Wolf”…

      • Michael Nunez

        Your post in regards to the Topic , I’m guessing that you are referring to the useless verbiage coming out of Bejing

        • Secundius

          @ Michael Nunez.

          NO, the useless verbiage coming out of Taipei. Taipei can say anything it want’s about being Independent, but in the long-run is all useless Talk. The Chicom’s recognize the Island of Taiwan, Just not its people. Their all Squatters and Vermin, that need to be removed. Whatever the cost…

  • Rafasa Arandas

    If America really wanted to help Taiwan, it should support the DPP and let the Taiwanese people declare full independence for good.

    • Secundius

      @ Rafasa Arandas.

      No argument’s from me, in TOTAL AGREEMENT…

  • Peter Westberg

    It was an emergency landing, and in an emergency, US fighters land where they want to land. We don’t care a fig about what China wants. Taiwan is an ally and our #6 trading partner, and if we need help, they of course are more than willing to help, unlike that backward hateful communistic dictatorship called China. Why doesn’t China start acting like grownups and start asking how to help the US keep the trade routes peaceful instead of being obstructionist and counterproductive?

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