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    US Protests Intercept of Navy Jet by Chinese Warplane

    FILE - Rear Admiral John Kirby.
    FILE - Rear Admiral John Kirby.
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    The U.S. Defense Department says a Chinese fighter jet has conducted a "dangerous intercept" with a U.S. warplane off the coast of China.

    Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, says the Chinese jet made several close passes, coming within 10 meters of the U.S. Navy jet.

    He also said Friday that it did a roll maneuver near the U.S. plane, a P-8 Poseidon jet.

    "The Chinese jet also passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 Poseidon, we believe to make a point of showing its weapons load. And, then they flew directly under and alongside the P-8, bringing their wingtips, as it said, to within 20 feet and then conducted a roll," the spokesman said.

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    Kirby said the incident took place Tuesday in international waters, 200 kilometers east of Hainan Island.

    The U.S. has lodged a protest to China over the incident.

     

    "We have registered our strong concerns to the Chinese about the unsafe and unprofessional intercept which posed a risk to the safety and well-being of the air crew and was inconsistent with customary international law," Kirby said, adding that the U.S. jet was on a routine patrol.

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    by: Sino-phobia from: Rest of the world
    August 25, 2014 4:59 AM
    This is the Chinese obsolete way to shift its responsibility to another body. Let's teach Chinese how to observe International Laws. USA should not indulge Chinese any more.

    by: William Li from: Canada
    August 23, 2014 1:03 PM
    It's 200km from the Chinese island. Clearly within Chinese EEZ.
    Why America violates the international law but asks China to follow it? Shame!
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    by: William li from: Canada
    August 25, 2014 1:07 AM
    @ben, South China Sea belongs to Chinese ppl. Yes we deserve better! A better place without Americans intrusion.
    We will fight for our sovereignty in our own way, like it or not!
    China is rising, America is falling!
    American ppl deserve better than these bunch of greedy, evil, blood sucking politicians!
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    by: Ben from: USA
    August 23, 2014 3:08 PM
    Two problems with your argument. First, it is perfectly legal to fly within another country's EEZ as long as the plane doesn't come within 44km of the coast. See Part V of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea for more information. Second, if escorting a suspicious aircraft becomes necessary, we expect it to be done professionally and safely. China was extremely unprofessional here and should know better. Shame on the Chinese military. The Chinese people deserve better than these amateurs. How embarrassing.

    by: Breeze
    August 23, 2014 3:38 AM
    Fighter escort is the name of the game, before there is an unexplained tragedy of a aircraft disappearing in these reckless situations, or from a navy craft missile.

    by: plankman from: Auburn AL
    August 23, 2014 1:37 AM
    Keep in mind that all the Chinese engineers and scientists who designed and built that military aircraft were educated in US universities. For free. One third of all PhD students in US universities are from China. We have sown the seeds of our own destruction. Wake up America!
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    by: RitaAnn~
    August 27, 2014 11:05 PM
    I was sitting in the social security office with some of the youth when I saw a young man, not black or white, but of a different culture than we usually see around here. He looked a bit lonely and having young people at home of different cultures, I wanted to just hug him and asked if he missed his family. I suppose it's a mother's heart and I didn't want him sitting there all alone. I went over and sat next to him and asked where he was from. He smiled and said he was from Egypt, "Welcome to America", I said, and we began to talk. After the nice time we spent together, this young man and this old mamma of many, I realized that he said "your government is paying me to get an education here in America". After I thought about it, I was at the social security office and he was there with my government paying for it. I probably wouldn't mind if our government was paying good young people with values and skills to help bring about a better world. My problem was that it's hard to get the social security office to work with these young people in my own life. Why was he also getting social security when some of the young people in my life can't even get it? I also know of others who have waited for years to get on ss.
    I'm wondering what the heck my taxes are really going to...

    by: Glen Nelson from: Knoxville, Tn
    August 22, 2014 10:35 PM
    Put one out with a task force and see what the do - one on one with a FA18E and see what they do - run and hide

    by: Anonymous
    August 22, 2014 8:09 PM
    looks like war games are starting between US and biggest nation on earth CHINA. not any more paper dragon like the US has been calling china since 1960. times have changed. China is on the raise and could be going on take overs soon . plus they are making strategic alliance with Russia and others in Asia. could be a new union like the one in Europe soon

    by: A B Ahmed from: Nigeria
    August 22, 2014 4:52 PM
    It is astonishing when one expects China to serve humanity like the US is but Instead it is engaging in mindless confrontation.US should ignore them.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    August 22, 2014 11:05 PM
    China spends their money on the defense of their motherland, while the US spends their money on trying to change the world to what they envision.... And the US today, is like what actor Rodney Dangerfield always said;.. "He got no respect, no respect at all"... Oh, how far the mighty US has fallen...

    by: Guru of China from: FAR WEST
    August 22, 2014 2:34 PM
    It is a propaganda of politics for showing in China how is the U.S. evil to trespass on China and for distracting China corruption from it.

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