US Recovers Wrecked Fighter Jet in South China Sea

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The Facts

  • The US Navy has salvaged the wreckage of an F-35C military stealth fighter jet from the South China Sea.

  • The aircraft crashed after failing to land on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Jan 24, injuring the pilot and six sailors.

The Spin

Anti-China narrative

This recovery operation was a striking success for the US Navy, beating China to the punch. The complex salvage lasted 37 days and demonstrates US committment to safeguarding its assets--especially considering the wrecked jet could've fallen into China's hands and provided Beijing with important military intelligence.

Pro-China narrative

This isn't the first US military accident in the region - the nation should be promoting peace rather than saber rattling. Instead of being a trouble maker and an accident maker, the US should thoughtfully engage with China to promote true stability.

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