U.S. Navy P-3 Orion and Chinese KJ-200 Close Encounter in South China Sea

We are not talking about Close Encounters of the Third Kind here. We are talking about close encounters of the military kind. During the Cold War, close encounters of the military kind actually had a set of rules to go by so that World War Three would not break out. With the Chinese, there is not a good understanding, yet. That’s what makes encounters with them a bit more risky.

As written by Ryan Gaydos and seen first on Fox News:

One day before President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping, a Chinese military surveillance aircraft “crossed the nose” of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane in the South China Sea near the contested Scarborough Shoal, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed on Friday.

The “interaction” between the U.S. Navy P-3 Orion and a Chinese KJ-200 took place on Wednesday in international airspace, U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Robert Shuford said in a statement.

The Chinese “early warning” airborne surveillance aircraft crossed 1,000 feet in front of the U.S. plane forcing it to alter course, Capt. Jeff Davis said at the Pentagon.

While he called the incident a “close encounter,” Davis said there was no evidence to suggest the Chinese did anything on purpose. Davis said there was “normal radio contact” afterwards, adding, “We don’t see evidence this was intentional.”

Fox News asked Davis to asses China’s “early warning” capability if one of its radar planes did not see a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft. Davis said he would let the Chinese speak to their own …..


‘Close encounter’ reported between US Navy plane, Chinese jet over South China Sea | Fox News

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