Asia Pacific China dismisses US complaints about jet fighter intercept

China argues that the close encounter between one of its jets and a US reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea was routine and that US surveillance in the area is provocative.

By , Staff writer

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Washington’s protest over a Chinese fighter jet that confronted a US jet by making three close passes was dismissed flatly this weekend by a Chinese defense official who said the fighter pilot acted “professionally” and kept a safe distance in what was a “routine” flight.