Chinese jets intercept U.S. military plane over South China Sea: Pentagon

May 19, 2016 8:07 AM

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. military plane over South China Sea: Pentagon

WASHINGTON/BEIJING Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, drawing a rebuke from Beijing, which demanded that Washington end surveillance near China.

The incident, likely to increase tension in and around the contested waterway, took place in international airspace on Tuesday as the U.S. maritime patrol aircraft carried out "a routine U.S. patrol," a Pentagon statement said.

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