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China warns off US reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea

Above the South China Sea (CNN)High above one of the most hotly contested regions in the world, CNN was given a rare look Friday at the Chinese government's rapidly expanding militarization of the South China Sea from a US reconnaissance plane.After boarding the US Navy P8-A Poseidon in Okinawa Friday, CNN flew over the disputed waters, a large swathe of which are claimed by Beijing.The crew received six separate warnings from the Chinese military during the flight, telling them they were inside Chinese territory and urging them to leave."US military aircraft, this is China ... leave immediately and keep out to avoid any misunderstanding," a voice said.The US Navy jet flew past four key islands in the Spratly chain where China has built up ...