DoD Registers Concern to China for Dangerous Intercept
DoD Registers Concern to
China for Dangerous Intercept
By Amaani Lyle, DoD News, Defense Media Activity
Washington D.C. – (DoD News) – August 22, 2014 – The Defense Department
has expressed its concern to Chinese diplomatic officials about an Aug. 19
incident in which an armed Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept
of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear
Adm. John Kirby told reporters today.
A U.S. aircraft of the same type was “buzzed” Aug. 19 by a Chinese fighter jet
The aircraft was on a routine mission when the intercept took place over the
Pacific Ocean about 135 miles east of Hainan Island in international airspace,
“We have registered our strong concerns to the Chinese about the unsafe and
unprofessional intercept, which posed a risk to the safety and the well-being of
the aircrew, and was inconsistent with customary international law,” he said.
Kirby also noted that DoD officials believe the Chinese jet made several
passes and crossed under the aircraft with one pass having only 50-100 feet of
“The Chinese jet … passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly
toward the P-8 Poseidon, we believe to make a point of showing its weapons load
out,” Kirby said. “They flew directly under and alongside the P-8, bringing
their wingtips … to within 20 feet and then conducted a roll over the P-8,
passing within 45 feet.”
The admiral asserted that the incident undermines efforts to continue
developing military-to-military relations with the Chinese military.
“This kind of behavior, not only is unprofessional, it's unsafe,” Kirby said,
“and it is certainly not keeping with the kind of military-to-military …
relations that we'd like to have with China.”
On April 1, 2001, a Chinese fighter jet collided with a U.S. Navy EP-3
surveillance aircraft -- the P-8 Poseidon’s predecessor aircraft -- that was
flying a routine mission in international airspace over the South China Sea.
Wang Wei, the Chinese pilot whose fighter jet collided with the EP-3, was killed.
The damaged EP-3 made an emergency landing on China's Hainan Island, where its
crew was held by Chinese authorities and eventually released.
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