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2 Chinese fighters intercept US plane in South China Sea

/ 09:42 AM May 27, 2017

The Pentagon on Friday said it was concerned by an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter between two Chinese fighters and a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea.

The Chinese J-10 warplanes intercepted a US Navy P-3 that was operating in international airspace Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said.

“The aircrew deemed the intercept unsafe and unprofessional. Operations were able to continue unimpeded,” he said.

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“We continue to review the facts of this incident and will convey our concerns through appropriate channels with the Chinese government.”

On Thursday, a US destroyer sailed in disputed South China Sea waters near a reef claimed by Beijing in the first “freedom of navigation” exercise under President Donald Trump.

The maneuvers come ahead of a major regional security summit in Singapore next week.

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