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China – USA. Incident in the air. The Chinese J-11 fighter approached the American RC-135 to a distance of several meters

China – USA.  Incident in the air.  The Chinese J-11 fighter approached the American RC-135 to a distance of several meters

China – USA. Incident in the air. The Chinese J-11 fighter approached the American RC-135 to a distance of several meters

A Chinese military J-11 fighter jet came within six meters of a U.S. Air Force plane and forced it to perform evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision over the South China Sea, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

The incident, involving a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet and a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, occurred on December 21, the US military said in a statement.

Chinese J-11 fighterFeature China/Future Publishing via Getty Images

“The US Joint Indo-Pacific Force is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific region and will continue to fly, navigate and operate at sea and in international airspace with due consideration for the safety of all ships and aircraft in accordance with international law,” it added.

>>> US concerned about China’s “provocative military activity”.

American RC-135 reconnaissance aircraftDaisuke Shimizu/Shutterstock

US on the dangerous behavior of Chinese military aircraft

At a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in November, the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin raised the need for improved crisis communication, and also drew attention to what he called the dangerous behavior of Chinese military aircraft.

Department of Defense Australia it reported in June that a Chinese fighter jet dangerously intercepted an Australian military reconnaissance aircraft in the South China Sea region in May.

Australia said a Chinese plane flew very close to an Australian Air Force aircraft and released a beam containing small pieces of aluminum that entered the Australian plane’s engine.

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