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China Confirms Intercepting US Reconnaissance Plane Over South China Sea

© AFP 2022The latest Chinese Jian-series fighter jet executes a fly-by over Beijing on September 12, 2009 during a rehearsal for National Day
The latest Chinese Jian-series fighter jet executes a fly-by over Beijing on September 12, 2009 during a rehearsal for National Day - Sputnik International
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Chinese fighter jets shadowed a US reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea, but kept a safe distance and did not make any dangerous maneuvers, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday.

F-18 jet fighter takes off on the USS John C. Stennis, aircraft carrier in the South China Sea on Friday, April 15, 2016. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the aircraft carrier during a trip to the region - Sputnik International
‘Unsafe and Unprofessional’: Chinese Intercept US Jet Over South China Sea
BEIJING (Sputnik) Earlier the US Pentagon said that on May 17, two Chinese fighters intercepted a US reconnaissance plane over international waters in the South China Sea, and characterized the incident as dangerous.

“According to information we received from the pertinient organs, the US statements are incorrect. On May 17, an American reconnaissance aircraft was flying close to the Chinese island of Hainan and conducting reconnaissance operations. Two Chinese planes shadowed the American plane in line with the law and kept a safe distance from the American plane and did not make any dangerous maneuvers,” Hong said during a briefing.

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