Chinese fighter jets intercept US Navy reconnaissance plane over East China Sea

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Two J-10 fighter jets buzzed a U.S. Navy EP-3 surveillance aircraft in the East China Sea, Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Lt. Col. Christopher Logan told The Daily Caller New Foundation.

Two Chinese J-10 warplanes intercepted a US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane, similar to the one pictured here, in worldwide air space west of the Korean Peninsula.

US military reconnaissance flights near China's coastline and in the South China Sea have angered Beijing as it seeks to reinforce effective control of much of the strategic waterway, through which $5 trillion in trade passes each year.

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A United States surveillance aircraft was intercepted over the East China Sea by the Chinese jets, U.S. media reported on Monday. He called the Chinese pilot's action unsafe. Davis said most of these intercepts are conducted in a safe manner and without incident.

China maintains a so-called Air Defense Identification Zone over much of the East China Sea, though the US does recognize it.

Sunday's incident follows a series of Chinese intercepts of U.S. aircraft over the last few months. In 2001, an EP-3 was involved in an aerial collision with a J-8IIM fighter, causing an worldwide incident in which the Chinese jet crashed and the EP-3 was forced to make an emergency landing on a Chinese island in the South China Sea.

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Confrontations between USA and Chinese aircraft picked up after the US military conducted a couple of so-called "freedom of navigation exercises" around islands in the South China Sea claimed by China and others. They discussed regional maritime security and the need for the two nations to approach the military threat posed by North Korea together.

The American reconnaissance plane was conducting normal operations over worldwide waters 80 nautical miles from the Chinese city of Qingdao when the incident occurred.

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