The Pentagon reported that a Chinese fighter jet engaged in an “unsafe intercept” of a U.S. Air Force B-52 in the South China Sea earlier this week. On Thursday, the Defense Department released a video of the incident that occurred on Tuesday night.
As per the Pentagon, the 38-second footage depicts a Shenyang J-11 pilot flying within 10 feet of a B-52, a heavy bomber with a long range.
The Pentagon stated that the Chinese pilot operated in a reckless and unprofessional manner and exhibited inadequate flying skills by approaching at a dangerously high speed without proper control.
As per the Pentagon.
jet flew dangerously close to an American EP-3 reconnaissance plane
On May 26, there was a similar event that occurred over the South China Sea. During this incident, the pilot of a Chinese J-16 fighter jet flew in a hazardous manner near an American EP-3 reconnaissance plane.
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The RC-135, a U.S. spy plane, encountered the J-16, a Chinese fighter jet, within a 400-foot distance. As a result, the RC-135 had to pass through the turbulence created by the J-16’s wake, according to the report from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
At the time, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that there have been a number of these actions aimed not only at us, but also at other countries in the recent months.
In addition, there have been clashes on the ocean. In June, a naval vessel from China intersected.
A United States Navy missile destroyer encountered another ship in the Taiwan Strait, with the two vessels approaching within 150 yards of each other.
The Taiwan Strait is located off the east coast of China. China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, an island that has been under democratic rule for the past 70 years.
Eleanor Watson and Elizabeth Palmer were both involved in creating this report.