Chinese jets intercept US radiation-sniffing plane in East China sea: WH

China has denied US allegations that its planes have carried out the unprofessional interception of a United States anti-radiation surveillance aircraft in the East China Sea and urged Washington to stop such activities.

The two Chinese SU-30 aircraft participated Wednesday in a constant Phoenix WC-135, a modified Boeing C-135 carried out a routine mission in international airspace in international law, said spokesman Pacific Air Lt Lt Col Lori Hodge said in a statement.
The WC-135 crew described the unprofessional interception “due to the Chinese pilot’s control, and the speed and proximity of the two aircraft,” Hodge said.

She declined to provide further details and said that the matter would be dealt with by China through “appropriate diplomatic and military channels.”

“We would prefer to talk privately with China,” Hodge said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “This will allow us to continue to build confidence with our Chinese counterparts in the planned maneuvers to avoid accidents.”

In China, Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said the US aircraft was watching the Yellow Sea in the northern part of the East China Sea and Chinese aircraft have decided to identify and verify the aircraft “in accordance with laws and regulations. ”

In a statement on the ministry’s website, Wu said the operation was “professional and safe.” Wu attributed surveillance aircraft and United States ships as the “root cause of military security problems over sea and air” between the two countries and urged the United States. To stop such activities.

China reported an air defense identification zone over a large part of the East China Sea in 2013, a move the United States has called illegitimate and refused to recognize.

China has demanded that foreign aircraft operating in the area declare their intentions and follow the Chinese instructions. Hodge declined to say whether Wednesday’s incident were self-reported in the Chinese zone.

“Military aircraft in transit through regular international airspace throughout the Pacific, including the East China Sea,” he said. “This flight was no exception.”

Unexpected and dangerous interceptions involving the United States and Chinese military aircraft have occurred from time to time in the South China Sea, which China claims almost entirely. Although China says it respects freedom of navigation in the strategically vital area, it opposes military activities, especially collecting information on the signals by US companies operating near the coast of Hainan Province in the south of the Island, where several military installations are located.

In recent years, the parties signed a couple of agreements to avoid such crises do not cause an international crisis, as happened in April 2001 when a Chinese fighter crashed into a US South China Sea surveillance plane, resulting in The death of the Chinese pilot and the detention of 24 Chinese crew members for 10 days.