Chinese jets intercept US radiation-sniffing plane, US says

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20 May, 2017

The US crew aboard the US Air Force WC-135 characterized the move as "unprofessional", according to the statement from Air Force Lt. Col. Hodge.

The Su-30 jets came within 150 feet of the WC-135 aircraft, a US official told CNN, adding one of the Chinese aircrafts flew inverted, or upside down, directly above the American plane.

We will remind, earlier it became known that on may 14 North Korea has carried out another test launch of a ballistic missile a few days after the inauguration of the new President in South Korea. "This issue is resolved with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels", - said Hodge.

The latest incident was the second bit of trouble this year involving a Chinese aircraft and a US plane. The incident reportedly took place in global airspace.

Wednesday's encounter isn't the first close call this year. The U.S. Air Force said it was on a routine mission in global airspace.

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Separately, China and South East Asian countries have agreed a framework for a long-awaited code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, China's foreign ministry said, without giving details on the content.

In April 2001, a Chinese jet fighter collided with a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea, leading to the death of the Chinese pilot and the detention of the 24 USA crew members in China for 10 days.

China is deeply suspicious of any United States military activity in the resource-rich South China Sea, parts of which are disputed by China and its smaller neighbors including the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.

"The WC-135 was operating in accordance with global law".

In February, a Chinese early warning aircraft and US Navy patrol plane had an "unsafe" encounter over the South China Sea, again over worldwide airspace. The official said then that similar incidents involving Chinese and American aircraft were infrequent, with only two having taken place in 2016.


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