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Breaking News – Chinese jets unsafe intercept U.S. military plane over South China Sea
On May 17th 2016, two Chinese fighter jets have carried out an “unsafe” intercept of a US military aircraft over the South China Sea, confirmed the Pentagon. The incident happened near the Hainan Island while US maritime reconnaissance aircraft carried out a routine patrol in the region. The US defence department said it was addressing the issue through military and diplomatic channels.
A U.S. military official said that the US pilot was forced to descend about 200ft to avoid collision. But the Chinese official rejects the unprofessional provocation and said that the Chinese aircraft simply followed and monitored at a safe distance and there were no dangerous maneuver from its pilot. It added that the action were completely professional and safe.
The incident comes a week after China scrambled fighter jets as a U.S. Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea.
Another Chinese intercept took place in 2014 when a Chinese fighter pilot flew acrobatic maneuver around a U.S. spy plane.
In April 2001, an intercept of a U.S. spy plane by a Chinese fighter jet resulted in a collision that killed the Chinese pilot and forced the American plane to make an emergency landing at a base on China’s Hainan Island.
The 24 U.S. air crew members were held for 11 days until Washington apologized for the incident. That encounters soured U.S.-Chinese relations in the early days of President George W. Bush’s first administration.