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Chinese jet's encounter with US surveillance aircraft over South China Sea

Guardian, 31 May 2023
A Chinese fighter pilot performed an 'unnecessarily aggressive maneuver' near an American surveillance aircraft operating over the South China Sea last week, a US military official has said. The incident – which the Pentagon says is part of a pattern of behaviour by China – comes at a time of already heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over issues including Taiwan and an alleged Chinese spy balloon that was shot down after traversing the United States earlier this year. The Chinese plane 'flew directly in front of and within 400 feet of the nose of the RC-135, forcing the US aircraft to fly through its wake turbulence' on Friday, the Indo-Pacific Command (IndoPaCom) said in a statement

Chinese pilot performed ‘aggressive maneuver’ near US plane, military says
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