Chinese jet buzzes US spy plane: Pattern of aggressiveness?

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chinese jet buzzes US spy plane: Pattern of aggressiveness?.

A Chinese aircraft performed an unsafe maneuver during an air intercept of a U.S. spy plane last week, reported the Pentagon on Tuesday, the same day Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Seattle. The Department of Justice is now reviewing the report of the incident to determine if it was a deliberate move, though it doesn’t appear to have been provocative, reports Reuters. RC-135 surveillance plane in international airspace about 80 miles off the coast of China’s Shandong peninsula, military officials told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

In the incident, two JH-7 Chinese fighters flew within 500 feet of the U.S. spy plane’s nose, though a military official told The Journal that the dangerous flyby fell short of a “near collision.” Unsafe interceptions are often a big deal, but the Pentagon is playing this one down, saying it’s the first one since a rogue Chinese wing commander harassed U.S. aircraft in August 2014. “The long period between this intercept and the last unsafe intercept, as well as the nature of this intercept, indicate that this may be an isolated incident,” said Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. And in May, “China’s navy issued warnings eight times as a US surveillance plane swooped over islands that Beijing has claimed over its neighbors’ opposition,” reported CNN. “Together, China and the United States account for one-third of the world economy, one-fourth of the global population, and one-fifth of global trade,” he said. “If two big countries like ours do not cooperate with each other, just imagine what will happen to the world.”

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