BEIJING China’s Defence Ministry pronounced on Thursday a aircraft followed a manners after dual Chinese warrior jets carried out what a United States pronounced was an “unsafe” prevent of a U.S. troops reconnoitering aircraft over a South China Sea.
The occurrence took place in general airspace final week as a craft carried out “a slight U.S. patrol”, a Pentagon said.
A U.S. invulnerability central pronounced dual Chinese J-11 warrior jets flew within 50 feet (15 meters) of a U.S. EP-3 aircraft. The central pronounced a occurrence took place easterly of Hainan island.
Chinese Defence Ministry orator Yang Yujun told a monthly news lecture China’s aircraft acted totally professionally and in line with an agreement reached between a countries on manners ruling such encounters.
However, he pronounced a agreement, called a Rules of Behaviour for Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters, could usually yield a “technical standard”, and a best approach of solution a problem was for a U.S. to stop such flights.
“That’s a genuine source of risk for Sino-U.S. troops reserve during sea and in a air,” he said.
The confront came shortly after China scrambled warrior jets as a U.S. Navy boat sailed tighten to a doubtful embankment in a South China Sea.
Another Chinese prevent took place in 2014 when a Chinese warrior commander flew acrobatic maneuvers around a U.S. view plane.
China claims many of a South China Sea, by that $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.
Washington has indicted Beijing of militarizing a South China Sea after formulating synthetic islands, while Beijing, in turn, has criticized increasing U.S. naval patrols and exercises in Asia.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)