A U.S. Navy plane P-8 Poseidon takes off from Perth Airport in Perth, Australia, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a “dangerous intercept” of a U.S. Navy aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.
The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot’s actions “unsafe and unprofessional.”
Kirby said it happened Aug. 19.
He said the maneuvering by the Chinese jet posed a risk to the safety of the U.S. air crew, was “inconsistent with customary international law,” and complicates efforts to improve military-to-military relations, which are often strained.
Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it at one point. He said the…
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