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Friday, May 26, 2017

Chinese Fighter Jets Inhibit US Navy Plane During Interception

According to the Navy, two Chinese J-10 fighter jets conducted unsafe maneuvers while intercepting a US surveillance aircraft that was operating in international airspace near the South China Sea.

The incident occurred Wednesday and is the second contentious encounter involving US and Chinese aircraft over the past week. 

A US official told CNN that one Chinese fighter flew about 200 yards in front a US P-3 spy plane and began conducting multiple turns. The maneuvers were deemed unsafe because they restricted the ability of the Navy plane to fly.

 Navy commander Gary Ross confirmed that the Chinese jet's actions qualified as "unsafe and unprofessional" but noted that the US continues to review the facts of the incident and will convey its concerns through "appropriate channels" with the Chinese government.

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