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Chinese fighter jets intercept US Navy plane over East China Sea

Pentagon official later described the Chinese action as 'unsafe'

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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A surveillance aircraft was intercepted by two Chinese J-10 fighter jets in an "unsafe" manner over the on Sunday, prompting evasive action by the former's pilot to avoid a collision, the has said.

"(the aircraft) EP-3 flying in airspace over the was intercepted by two Chinese J-10s. One of them came underneath it at a high rate of speed, then slowed and pulled up. This caused the EP-3's T-Cast alarm to go off essentially, and it was forced to take evasive action to prevent the possibility of collision," spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters yesterday.

"Obviously it's something we watch very closely," he said.

Another official later described the Chinese action as "unsafe".

Davis said the incident took place on Sunday in the area between the and the Yellow Sea, west of the Korean peninsula and east of Qingdao.

He said the were there for a while and "flying wing-to-wing" as well.

"Again, such intercepts, when they're conducted safely, are not uncommon. This particular manoeuvre that took place during the course of it was not safe," Davis said in response to a question.

According to the Pentagon spokesman, the vast majority of interactions that they have with the Chinese military are perfectly safe.

"This was the exception, not the norm," he said.

First Published: Tue, July 25 2017. 08:40 IST