South China Sea: Beijing's fury as aircraft told to ‘leave immediately’

SOUTH CHINA SEA tensions saw furious Beijing authorities shout down a Philippines aircraft by claiming it would be "responsible for its own consequences" as conflict fears regarding the disputed region intensified.

PUBLISHED: 11:20, Tue, Nov 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:20, Tue, Nov 17, 2020

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The ongoing battle over the rights to one of the world's most expensive waters continues to dominate relationships between major nations such as the US and China. Washington and Beijing routinely row over this space, with fears of war over the area rearing its head on occasion, and just this weekend Japan voiced its "deep concern" regarding conflict possibilities. This occurred while a debate raged over the US' future policy on China remained unclear, with President Donald missing a key summit on the region.

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These tensions were laid bare by the BBC after a team joined the US on a military exercise over the South China Sea, warning in its video that "Beijing does not want them here".

A voice then appears on the clip telling the US aircraft that "China has the sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and adjacent waters", before demanding it "leave immediately, and keep far off to avoid any misunderstanding".

Lt Matt Johnson, from the US Navy said that the scenario was a "routine occurrence for us on these flights".

He added: "It happens throughout the flight where they come over and then we just go back with our standard response and it really has no effect on any operations or anything we do."

South China Sea: Beijing's furious threat to aircraft that was 'responsible for own fate'South China Sea: Beijing's furious threat to aircraft that was 'responsible for own fate' (Image: GETTY)

South China Sea: Beijing's furious threat to aircraft that was 'responsible for own fate'South China Sea: Beijing's furious threat to aircraft that was 'responsible for own fate' (Image: GETTY)

Although the warning towards the US military appears less threatening, another moment displays the furious nature those in the Chinese authorities had when an aircraft from the Philippines enters its airspace.

The same voice shouted in 2018: "Philippine military aircraft! I'm warning you again. Leave immediately or

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