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Chinese fighter jet confronts US Navy plane with CNN crew aboard as tensions simmer in the South China Sea

Chinese fighter jet confronts US Navy plane with CNN crew aboard as tensions simmer in the South China Sea

A Chinese fighter jet reportedly flew dangerously close to a US Navy reconnaissance plane in the South China Sea on Monday, with a News Channel crew on board the US aircraft capturing footage of the incident. The confrontation comes amid escalating tensions between the US and China over the disputed waters, which have been a source of territorial disputes between China and several other countries in the region.

The US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane was conducting a routine mission in international airspace when it was intercepted by a Chinese J-10 fighter jet, which flew within 100 feet of the US aircraft. The US Navy characterized the Chinese pilot's actions as "unsafe and unprofessional," and said that they had caused the US plane to "take evasive action to avoid collision."

The Chinese government has not yet responded to the incident, but China has long claimed sovereignty over much of the South China Sea, despite competing claims by several other countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia. China has built military installations on several islands and reefs in the region, leading to protests from other countries in the region and from the US.

The incident comes as tensions between the US and China have been simmering over a range of issues, including trade, technology, and human rights. The Biden administration has taken a tough stance on China, with officials accusing China of engaging in unfair trade practices, human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and cyber espionage.

The US has also sought to increase its military presence in the region, conducting freedom of navigation operations and joint military exercises with allies like Japan and South Korea. China has responded by increasing its military presence in the region and conducting its own military exercises.

The incident involving the US Navy plane and Chinese fighter jet is just the latest in a series of confrontations between the two countries in the South China Sea. In 2018, a Chinese destroyer came within 45 yards of a US Navy ship, forcing the US to take evasive action to avoid a collision. In 2016, a Chinese fighter jet conducted a similar intercept of a US Navy reconnaissance plane.

The incident is likely to further escalate tensions between the US and China, and could lead to a more robust response from the US. The Biden administration has said that it will continue to support the US' allies in the region and will work to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, but the situation in the South China Sea remains tense and unpredictable.

A Chinese fighter jet reportedly flew dangerously close to a US Navy reconnaissance plane in the South China Sea on Monday, with a CNN crew on board the US aircraft capturing footage of the incident. The confrontation comes amid escalating tensions between the US and China over the disputed waters, which have been a source of territorial disputes between China and several other countries in the region.

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