Chinese jets intercept US radiation-sniffing plane : US


BEIJING: On Thursday, Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the US military described as an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea.

“The issue is being tended to with China through fitting strategic and military channels,” said Air Force representative Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge.

Hodge said the US portrayal of the episode depended on starting reports from the US aircrew on board the WC-135 Constant Phoenix airplane “because of the moves by the Chinese pilot, and the rates and nearness of both air ship.”

“Distances always have a bearing on how we characterize interactions,” Hodge said, adding a US military investigation into the intercept was underway.

She said the WC-135 was completing a normal mission at the time and was working as per worldwide law.

Chinese foregin service representative Hua Chunying declined to remark on the particular episode and alluded inquiries to the resistance service which still can’t seem to remark.

“For quite a while US boats and air ship have been completing close up observation of China which can truly effortlessly cause false impressions or misinterpretations or cause sudden episodes adrift or noticeable all around,” she said.

“We trust that the US side can regard China’s sensible security concerns.”

On Feb. 8, a US Navy P-3 spy plane and a Chinese military air ship approached each other over the South China Sea in an episode the Navy saw as hazardous additionally unintentional.

News agency reported at the time that the aircraft came within 1,000 feet (305 meters) of each other in the vicinity of the Scarborough Shoal, between the Philippines and the Chinese mainland.

China is deeply suspicious of any US 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.