China jets intercept US aircraft: US

Dhaka,  Mon,  29 May 2017
Published : 19 May 2017, 11:01:12 | Updated : 19 May 2017, 11:01:18
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China jets intercept US aircraft: US

Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets have conducted an "unprofessional" intercept of a US aircraft, the US military said, reports BBC.

The US WC-135 plane was on a mission to detect radiation in international airspace over the East China Sea.

One of the Chinese jets came as close as 150ft (45m) to the US aircraft, according to US officials cited by CNN.

China's suspicion of US activity near the resource-rich international waters off its coast has repeatedly led to tensions between the two countries.

"The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels," Air Force spokesperson Lt Col Lori Hodge said.

China claims sovereignty over almost all of the disputed territory in the South and East China seas, though several other countries in the region have competing claims.

China has backed its expansive claims with island-building and naval patrols.    

 
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