China says fighter jets' intercept of US plane 'safe'

China denies that the interception of a US Navy surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea by Chinese fighter jets were unsafe and unprofessional as it was done according to international law. – AFP pic, May 28, 2017.

China today denied the Pentagon’s charge that an encounter between Chinese fighters and a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea was “unsafe and unprofessional”.

Tensions between the two economic superpowers have risen in recent years over the disputed waterway, which China claims almost in full despite counter-claims from other Asian nations.

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