Chinese jet performs ‘unsafe’ maneuver near US plane, Pentagon says

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chinese aircraft performed ‘unsafe’ maneuver near US plane: Pentagon.

WASHINGTON: A Chinese aircraft performed an unsafe maneuver during an air intercept of a US spy plane last week, a Pentagon spokesperson said on Tuesday, an incident revealed just as Chinese President Xi Jinping kicks off a week-long US visit. The intercept occurred on September 15, about 80 miles east of the Shandong peninsula in the Yellow Sea and involved an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane, said Peter Cook, the Pentagon spokesperson. “The pilot reported that he felt … the (Chinese) aircraft passed in front of his nose in an unsafe fashion,” Cook said. “There’s no indication this was a near collision.” Cook said last week’s intercept was not similar to an incident in August 2014, when a Chinese warplane flew as close as 20 to 30 feet to a US Navy patrol jet and conducted a barrel roll over the plane. The visit comes as US-China relations have been strained over a number of issues, including disputes in the South China Sea, cyber espionage by Chinese actors, and Chinese economic policies.

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