Navy, Chinese aircraft in ‘unsafe interaction’ over South China Sea

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A Navy P3-C Orion and a Chinese early warning aircraft flew within 1,000 feet of each other near contested territory in the South China Sea, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (COREY BARKER/U.S. NAVY PHOTO)
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A Navy P3-C Orion and a Chinese early warning aircraft flew within 1,000 feet of each other near contested territory in the South China Sea, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (COREY BARKER/U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

Navy, Chinese aircraft in ‘unsafe interaction’ over South China Sea

by: Erik Slavin | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: February 11, 2017

A Navy surveillance plane and a Chinese early warning aircraft flew within 1,000 feet of each other near contested territory in the South China Sea, in what service officials are describing as an unsafe encounter.

The Navy P-3C was flying over international airspace Wednesday near Scarborough Shoal – a territory claimed by the Philippines but controlled by China – according to a Pentagon official who spoke with Reuters.

The P3-C encountered a Chinese KJ-200 aircraft, a U.S. Pacific Command spokesman told Stars and Stripes on Friday.

“The Department of Defense and U.S. Pacific Command are always concerned about unsafe interactions with Chinese military forces,” a PACOM statement said. “We will address the issue in appropriate diplomatic and military channels."

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