US Navy reconnaissance plane was forced to take evasive action to avoid a possible mid-air collision after a Chinese jet fighter came within 300 feet of the American aircraft over the East China Sea, US officials said Monday. Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said a Chinese J-10 jet fighter rapidly approached under the US EP-3 reconnaissance plane, slowed down and then flew in front of the American pilot, triggering the plane’s collision alarm system and forcing it to take evasive action. The Chinese plane came within 300 feet of the US plane, which was flying in international airspace, according to another defense official. Capt. Davis said the incident was “uncharacteristic” of the Chinese military, calling it an exception, not the rule, for interactions between pilots in the area. According to The Wall Street Journal, the incident is the latest in series of incidents between the US and Chinese militaries as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula.
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