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Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

Chinese Aircraft Does Barrel Roll Over U.S. Plane

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace - the fourth such incident since March.

The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot's actions "unsafe and unprofessional." And U.S. officials said this is at least the second formal complaint American diplomats have filed with the Chinese over these military actions in recent months.

At a news briefing at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is vacationing, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, called the intercept "a deeply concerning provocation" and suggested it could set back efforts to improve relations.

"What we've encouraged is constructive military-to-military ties with China, and this kind of action clearly violates the spirit of that engagement," Rhodes told reporters.

U.S. officials said it appears that the same Chinese military unit out of a base on Hainan Island was responsible for similar aggressive "close intercepts" in March, April and May. The officials refused to provide any details of the previous incidents but said the U.S. filed a similar formal complaint with the Chinese in May.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the previous incidents publicly.

Kirby said the Aug. 19 maneuvering by the Chinese jet posed a risk to the safety of the U.S. air crew, was "inconsistent with customary international law," and complicates efforts to improve military-to-military relations, which are often strained.

Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it at one point. He said the Chinese jet did a "barrel roll" maneuver over the top of the Poseidon at one point and also passed across the nose of the Navy plane, exposing the belly of the fighter in a way apparently designed to show that it was armed.

Kirby said it happened about 135 miles east of China's Hainan Island. In 2001 a Chinese jet collided with a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off Hainan Island, killing the Chinese pilot and forcing the Navy plane to make an emergency landing on the island. Washington severed military relations with China after that episode.

The Navy's P-8 Poseidon aircraft are designed for long-range missions including intelligence collection and reconnaissance.

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bert hall August 22 2014 at 11:49 PM


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autounionbailout August 22 2014 at 11:34 PM


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joper201 August 22 2014 at 11:45 PM


When a country has a Wussie in Chief instead of a Commander in Chief getting the finger from other countries is there way of displaying their respect and letting us know they no longer fear America.

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bigshadyobama August 22 2014 at 11:26 PM

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you
Don't got for help...no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold
I am gross and perverted
Im obsessed n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little had changed
I am the tool of the government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you
I may be vile and pernicious
But you can't look away
I make you think Im delicious
With the stuff that I say
I am the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I am the slime oozin out
From your president

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MARTHA & PERRY August 23 2014 at 12:20 AM

Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

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evilvaquero August 23 2014 at 12:52 AM

Seems our gutless leader is well known, NOTHING like this happened when we had a leader with balls, Bush. He may not have been ideal, but he wasnt a limp wristed punk like we have now. hey barack Hussein, the world is closing in on you, whatcha gonna do? when you get out of the white house, you'll have no place to go, thats safe.

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eltrip August 22 2014 at 11:45 PM

Just a matter of time...

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ga7smi eltrip August 23 2014 at 1:46 AM

brush up on your Mandarin

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David Zapen eltrip August 23 2014 at 3:31 PM

Mandarin, like the Ben Kingsley villain in Iron Man 3?

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krelgh August 23 2014 at 12:04 AM

That should have ben a automatic shoot-down.

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alrdel August 22 2014 at 11:59 PM

We are having many things build by China, now they are taunting our military, they are hacking our computers and stealing our personal information. I wonder when are we going to do something about all this???

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NoPaper7 August 22 2014 at 11:35 PM

The US government should strongly convey to China, that the next time this happens, the United States will consider it an act of war or at least the very minimum a terrorist act against the United States and have our pilots shoot the Chinese Jet down.

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