Chinese researchers are accusing the United States Air Force of disrespecting their military, after a reconnaissance plane dubbed “Junky81” flew off the Chinese coast on Tuesday.
The Peking University-affiliated South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative expressed their disdain following the flight of a RC-135S Cobra Ball, which flew within 26 miles of the Communist Chinese mainland.
Junky81 took off from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, before coasting along the Yellow Sea, not far from the city of Qingdao- which is known for China’s most famous beer.
However, Junky was not on a “beer run,” but was instead performing special duties in order to gather intelligence.
According to Newsweek, the SCSPI claimed the “Junky81” callsign was an insult.
“What’s more aggressive than its close-in surveillance is perhaps today’s callsign ‘JUNKY81,’ which is probably calling PLA names,” SCSPI said.
The alleged reference may be connected to the Chinese characters for “8” and “1,” which appear on Various PLA flags and reference the month and day of the Nanchang uprising.
As for being outraged over the term “junky,” the saying “if the shoe fits” may be applicable.
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