Two Chinese J-10 fighter jets came within several hundred feet of a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion over the South China Sea on Thursday local time, U.S. officials said. ¬†The fighters flew 200 yards in front of the P-3 maritime surveillance aircraft with an altitude separation of 100 feet, an encounter the commander of the U.S. aircraft determined as “unsafe and unprofessional,” U.S. officials said.
According to a U.S. official, the Chinese jets were weaving ahead of the American plane, an action that concerned the U.S. pilot. ¬†The activity occurred 150 miles southeast of Hainan Island in the northern part of the South China Sea. A U.S. official said the U.S. plans to address the incident with China through diplomatic and military channels. READ MORE