The 20th anniversary of the U.S.-China South China Sea collision The inside story that the Chinese Communist Party never mentions

Twenty years ago, U.S. and Chinese military aircraft collided in the South China Sea. Snowden, a former CIA employee, has uncovered an undisclosed story about the incident, saying that the Chinese Communist Party had access to classified U.S. military intelligence, but the Chinese Communist Party never mentioned it.

April 1 marked the 20th anniversary of the U.S.-China South China Sea collision, a high-profile day when the Chinese Communist Party honored the pilots who died in the collision.

On April 1, 2001, a U.S. Navy EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft was on a reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea, and the Chinese Communist Navy Air Force sent two J-8II fighters to monitor and intercept the aircraft. The U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was forced to land at Lingshui Airport on Hainan Island.

A standoff between the U.S. and China over responsibility for the incident turned into a diplomatic crisis. After negotiations, the incident ended with the U.S. expressing regret and the CCP releasing the personnel and returning the aircraft.

The Chinese side lost a J-8 and a pilot in the collision, and the U.S. side lost an EP-3 Aries reconnaissance aircraft, seemingly at the expense of the Chinese side, but according to former CIA employee Edward Snowden, the U.S. side lost a J-8 and a pilot in the collision. Edward Snowden, a former employee of the CIA, later broke the news that the U.S. military had suffered a huge intelligence loss, which was surprising.

In April 2017, Russian media reported that an NSA document obtained from Snowden in 2013 contained details of the collision that had not been made public.

The 117-page report noted that the U.S. EP-3 reconnaissance pilot made several mistakes in the incident, one of which was that the U.S. pilot had about 40 minutes to destroy classified information before being forced to land at Lingshui Airport on Hainan Island after colliding with a Chinese J-8 fighter jet, but the information was not destroyed in time due to insufficient training, giving the Chinese side access to a significant portion of classified military information.

The NSA believes that it is difficult to estimate how much of the documents and equipment on board the EP-3 fell into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party after the crash landing.

For years, the Chinese Communist Party has been stirring up hatred of the United States on the mainland, but has never mentioned the fact that classified U.S. military information was obtained during the crash.

Now, 20 years after the incident, the CCP continues to incite nationalist sentiment. The public WeChat number “Niu Shuqin”, which has the background of the CCP’s mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency, recently published an article detailing the South China Sea crash 20 years ago and the so-called national shame of the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia being bombed by the U.S. military 22 years ago.

For this incident, another netizen was convicted for his words – he was detained for “insulting” Wang Wei in a WeChat group chat.

According to the official WeChat message from the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s press office, on April 1, the 20th anniversary of Wang Wei’s death, based on a tip from the public, the Xicheng Public Security Bureau arrested a suspect (Wang Mou, male, 63) who insulted martyr Wang Wei and the widow of the martyr in a WeChat group chat. This person has now been criminally detained.

But how Wang Mou “insulted” Wang Wei, the official notification did not mention.

Not long ago, at least seven people were threatened, detained or arrested for suspecting the Chinese government’s account of the deaths of Chinese soldiers in last year’s clashes with the Indian army. Three of them were detained for 7 to 15 days each, while four others face criminal charges, including a man living outside of China.