Chinese Jets Intercept US Aircraft In "Unprofessional" Move
A US aircraft flying in international airspace over the East China Sea was intercepted by Chinese fighter jets in a move dubbed as "unprofessional" by US officials.
The American plane was in the area to detect and check radiation levels around the East China Sea when two Chinese approached, flying close to the aircraft at high speeds. US officials told media that the jets had flown as close as 45 meters at points, and called the move an unprofessional interception of a plane flying over international waters. The radiation detecting plane had been used previously to provide evidence of nuclear tests by North Korea.
A spokeswoman for the US air force, Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge said of the incident: “The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,”. Tensions are often high and easily escalated in the area due to China claiming sovereignty over pretty much all of the East and South China Sea.
Japan’s defence minister, Tomomi Inada recently criticised the Middle Kingdom for allegedly flying a drone from a Chinese government owned ship in Japanese waters, calling the move “a violation of sovereignty”.