1. 2 Chinese fighter jets intercept US surveillance plane, say officials

2 Chinese fighter jets intercept US surveillance plane, say officials

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft.

By: | Published: July 25, 2017 5:25 AM
Chinese fighter jets, US surveillance plane, US Navy surveillance plane, East China Sea, American aircraft, THAAD, THAAD system, Missile Defense Agency, THAAD missile defenses The Pentagon said that the encounter between the aircraft was unsafe, but added that the vast majority of interactions were safe. (Image: Reuters)

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came close enough to the U.S. EP-3 plane on Sunday to cause the American aircraft to change direction. One of the officials said the Chinese jet was armed and that the interception happened 80 nautical miles (148 km) from the Chinese city of Qingdao.

The Pentagon said that the encounter between the aircraft was unsafe, but added that the vast majority of interactions were safe. Incidents such as Sunday’s intercept are relatively common. In May, two Chinese SU-30 aircraft intercepted a U.S. aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international air space over the East China Sea. China closely monitors any U.S. military activity around its coastline.

In 2001, an intercept of a U.S. spy plane by a Chinese fighter jet resulted in a collision that killed the Chinese pilot and forced the American plane to make an emergency landing at a base on Hainan. The 24 U.S. air crew members were held for 11 days until Washington apologized for the incident. That encounter soured U.S.-Chinese relations in the early days of President George W. Bush’s first term in office.

Separately, the Pentagon said the U.S. military would soon carry out another test of it’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. “These tests are done as a routine measure to ensure that the system is ready and… they are scheduled well in advance of any other real world geopolitical events going on,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.

The director of the Missile Defense Agency, Lieutenant General Sam Greaves, said in a statement that a test would be carried out at the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska. Last month the United States shot down a simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile similar to the ones being developed by countries like North Korea, in a test of the nation’s THAAD missile defenses.

The United States deployed THAAD to South Korea this year to guard against North Korea’s shorter-range missiles. That has drawn fierce criticism from China, which says the system’s powerful radar can probe deep into its territory.

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jul 26, 2017 at 11:02 am
    two Chinese fighter jets came closer at a sensitive distance from US fighter plane on 24 July 2017 in East China Sea. The US miltary plane is reported to have withdrawn without any mishap. The incident is being read as of worrisome concern. Related to the said incident of East China Sea in focus here , readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer’s alert for more care and appropriate strategy near and during August-September 2017 against war or war like situation for US , could be in sea or with country near sea. In short , it was said that sea may play a key role in the story. The alert in article – “ Astrological probable alerts for US in 2017” – was published last year in December 2016 issue of wisdom-magazine . The same alerts were echoed in another article of this writer of 16 May 2016 – “Is World War III round the corner ?” - published in the summer (April-June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer’s Notebook , from North Port, Florida.
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