China fighter jet made ‘unsafe’ intercept of U.S. spy plane: U.S.

A Chinese fighter jet carried out an “unsafe” intercept of a U.S. spy plane on routine patrol on Tuesday in international airspace over the East China Sea, U.S. Pacific Command said.

The intercept involved two Chinese J-10 fighter planes and a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane, it said in a statement.

“One of the intercepting Chinese jets had an unsafe excessive rate of closure on the RC-135 aircraft. Initial assessment is that this seems to be a case of improper airmanship, as no other provocative or unsafe maneuvers occurred,” Pacific Command said. Its statement did not say how close the Chinese fighter came to the U.S. plane.

“The Department of Defense is addressing the issue with China in appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” the statement said.

China’s Defense Ministry said it had noted the report and was looking into it.

“Judging by the report, the U.S. side is again deliberately hyping up the issue of the close surveillance of China by U.S. military aircraft,” it said in a statement sent to Reuters.

“Chinese military pilots consistently carry out operations in accordance with the law and the rules, and are professional and responsible,” it added, without elaborating.

In May, the Pentagon said two Chinese fighter jets flew within 50 feet (15 meters) of a U.S. EP-3 aircraft over the South China Sea.

The Pentagon determined that the May incident violated an agreement the two governments signed last year.

Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would consider any Chinese establishment of an air defense zone over the South China Sea to be a “provocative and destabilizing act.”

U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its South China Sea claims could prompt Beijing to declare an air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, as it did over the East China Sea in 2013.

China has claimed most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in shipborne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.

Washington has accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea after creating artificial islands. Beijing, in turn, has criticized increased U.S. naval patrols and exercises in Asia.

During a conference in Singapore last week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U.S. approach to the Asia-Pacific remained “one of commitment, strength and inclusion,” but he warned China against provocative behavior in the South China Sea.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Editing by David Gregorio, Peter Cooney and Michael Perry)

Source: Reuters “China fighter jet made ‘unsafe’ intercept of U.S. spy plane: U.S.”


4 Comments on “China fighter jet made ‘unsafe’ intercept of U.S. spy plane: U.S.”

  1. Joseph says:

    There are so many things that are considered ‘unsafe’, are done commonly in Asia safely. So if they want to fly their spy plane ‘safely’, they should stick their flying to American airspace where everyone fly ‘safely’.
    Anyway, those are warplanes. Warplanes are not supposed to operated ‘safely’ towards enemy. On the contrary they are designed to operate dangerously. That’s why they have ejection seats. Even if the American plane was a spy plane, it was a warplane nonetheless. It is supposed to be shot down during conflict, and when it happens, it will be very ‘unsafe’. If the crews are so afraid to die, they should switch career to commercial flights, it is much safer from enemy’s harassment. Military operation is a risky business. Do they expect their intruded enemy to be nice to them? Get real. They are lucky not to be shot down. Grow up, kids!


  2. maimonides13 says:

    bro, i’ve subscribed to this blog and get notices when they post. i follow a shitload of blogs on wordpress.

    this article though seemingly nuetral seems to have an underlying bias against China’s moves in the south & east china seas.

    China is the big boy in those areas. the usNa is a long ways from their home. the countries mentioned are tiny in comparison to china & most have historically been us allies (phillipines, taiwan) or leery of china (vietnam, malaysia ).

    if one takes the view that China is a civilization (which fits more of the info i have though i’m not a real china student)… one that has been around for 4, 5000 years, has over a billion folks, has primacy of location…

    i doubt the west i.e. the us cannot be masters in china’s bailiwick. ….gxcxxx

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  3. Fre Okin says:

    China probably observed the ‘unsafe’ flight pattern done by the Russians and just follow suit.


  4. Steve says:

    PLAAF has already dropped the barrel high above the ECS, what will the US do next? Quite simple. Scramble your F15/16/18 and F22 at high noon above the ECS. The PLAAF shall scramble the J10B/C, J15/16, J11B/D and J20 at high noon for a Dogfight showdown. Only one problem, according to Russia’s Sputnik, the US airforce is suffering from a ‘Linger’. Meaning the US pilots had at least 25 to 30 hours combative flight training months ago, now only 4 hours per month. I wonder if those Rattling Sneaky Snakes will encounter the PLAAF at high noon above the ECS for a doggone five minutes of showdown.