US military lashes out on Twitter after Beijing warns off aircraft in South China Sea


YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. forces have fired a barrage of tweets in response to Chinese harassment of a Navy reconnaissance plane in the South China Sea.

The Chinese sent six radio warnings to a P-8A Poseidon carrying journalists from CNN and the BBC Friday as the jet approached islets in the disputed waters where the Chinese have been building military facilities.

The warnings said the area was Chinese territory and that the plane should leave, CNN reported.

“Leave immediately and keep out to avoid any misunderstanding,” a voice said, according to CNN.