United States has filed formal protest to Chinese government after two Chinese fighter jets flew too fast and too close to an American military aircraft patrolling the East China Sea.
The US crew aboard the US Air Force WC-135 characterized the move of two Chinese SU-30 jets as “unprofessional,” according to the statement from Air Force Lt. Col. Hodge.
“While we are still investigating the incident, initial reports from the U.S. aircrew characterized the intercept as unprofessional. The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” Hodge said.
The WC-135 has been regularly deployed on routine missions in Northeast Asia, according to the US official. The planes have been used in the past to gather evidence of possible nuclear tests by North Korea.
Wednesday’s incident was the second between US and Chinese planes this year.