On August 10, a United States Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft patrolled in West Philippine Sea which involved Subi (Zamora) Reef, Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) Reef, Johnson (mabini) Reef, and Mischief (Panganiban) Reef all part of Kalayaan Island Group together with CNN.
According to CNN, the US aircraft received six warnings from the Chinese side during the course of maritime patrol.
“US military aircraft, this is China … leave immediately and keep out to avoid any misunderstanding,” the Chinese side said as quoted by CNN.
Amid warnings, the US side responded by saying “I am a sovereign immune United States naval aircraft conducting lawful military activities beyond the national airspace of any coastal state.”
“In exercising these rights as guaranteed by international law, I am operating with due regard for the rights and duties of all states,” it added.