WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US surveillance plane in the East China Sea, nearly colliding with it, according to reports.
The US plane was conducting routine operations in international waters near Qingdao, the outlet added.
China disputes Japan’s sovereignty over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Tokyo placing the Senkakus under state control in 2012 has led to diplomatic issues. Japan paid the family who previously owned the islets 2.05 billion yen.