Dramatic close-call near eastern China as fighters armed with air-to-air missiles come within 300ft of recon plane
Emergency evasive action was taken to “avoid collision” with the J-10 jets that appeared to deliberately buzz the recon plane, they said.
Two Chinese J-10 jets buzzed a US Navy spy plane near eastern China yesterday, US officials said
The armed Chinese jets forced the US recon plane to take evasive action after coming within 300ft of it
One of the jets — which were both armed with air-to-air missiles — came within 300 feet of the Navy flyer above the East China Sea about 90 miles south of Qingdo.
It comes just two months after a similar close call when two J-10s carried out an “unsafe” buzz manoeuvre near a US P-3 surveillance plane.
China and the US have been at loggerheads over the communist superpower’s disputed claims to large swathes of the strategically important South China Sea.
The White House has also put pressure on Beijing to try to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
On Friday the US Navy’s top officer Adm. John Richardson called his Chinese counterpart to discuss tensions with war-hungry dictator Kim Jong Un.
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