U.S. Navy aircraft intercepted by Chinese jets, Pentagon says (By CBS News)

1. WASHINGTON — Two Chinese aircraft conducted an unprofessional intercept of a U. S. Navy surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Friday, marking the second time in about a week that the U. S. has complained about unsafe Chinese operations in the region.

2. In a separate incident this week, China protested a U. S. Navy patrol that sent a guided missile destroyer near a group of man-made islands in the South China Sea, in the first American challenge to Beijing’s claims to the waters since President Trump took office.

3. Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said the American plane was conducting surveillance over the Yellow Sea – the northern part of the East China Sea – and that the Chinese jets moved to identify and verify the plane “in accordance with laws and regulations.

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