US frequent surveillance in West Philippine Sea severely damaged trust – Chinese Defense Ministry

The Ministry of Defense of China said United States’ patrol missions to West Philippine Sea, recently by a US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft with the Commander of United States Navy Pacific Fleet, damaged mutual trust between China and United States.

The recent patrol mission was conducted Saturday, July 18 during the four-day visit of US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift .

US aircraft’s frequent wide-ranging close surveillance of China “has severely damaged the bilateral mutual trust and jeopardized China’s security interests,” the Defense Ministry of China told Chinese Global Times on Monday.

The US Navy said Admiral Swift observed operations aboard a P-8A Poseidon aircraft during a flight hosted by the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45.

“Swift took part in a seven-hour maritime surveillance mission to witness firsthand the full range of the Poseidon’s capabilities,” US Navy added.