Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane: U.S. officials


WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an intercept of a U.S. military surveillance plane near Hong Kong on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the U.S. P-3 surveillance plane was 150 miles South East of Hong Kong in international air space when the aircraft carried out an unsafe intercept of the plane. One Chinese aircraft flew in front of the American plane, restricting it's ability to maneuver.

A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. (Reporting by Idrees Ali)

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China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.
China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.
China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, China April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.
China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy soldiers stand on a decommissioned destroyer in an aircraft carrier theme park during a celebration event on China's Navy Day at Binhai New Area, Tianjin, China, April 23, 2017. Picture taken April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.
China's second aircraft carrier, first domestically built aircraft carrier, is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Li Gang/Xinhua ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
DALIAN, CHINA - APRIL 26: China launches its first domestically developed aircraft carrier at Dalian Port during a launch ceremony on April 26, 2017 in Dalian, Liaoning Province of China. General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission took part in the launch ceremony on Wednesday morning. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
DALIAN, CHINA - APRIL 26: A launching ceremony is held for China's first domestically developed aircraft carrier at Dalian Port on April 26, 2017 in Dalian, Liaoning Province of China. China launches its second aircraft carrier which is its first homemade aircraft carrier carrying J-15 fighter jets and other aircraft on Wednesday in Dalian. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
DALIAN, CHINA - APRIL 26: China launches its first domestically developed aircraft carrier at Dalian Port during a launch ceremony on April 26, 2017 in Dalian, Liaoning Province of China. General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission took part in the launch ceremony on Wednesday morning. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
DALIAN, CHINA - APRIL 26: A launching ceremony is held for China's first domestically developed aircraft carrier at Dalian Port on April 26, 2017 in Dalian, Liaoning Province of China. China launches its second aircraft carrier which is its first homemade aircraft carrier carrying J-15 fighter jets and other aircraft on Wednesday in Dalian. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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