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A Chinese fighter jet came within 3 meters of an American military aircraft

A Chinese warplane came within 10 feet (3 meters) of the nose of a US jet over the disputed South China Sea last week, forcing the US pilot to maneuver to avoid a collision in international airspace, the US military said today, as quoted by Reuters.

The accident was preceded by a trend of increasingly dangerous behavior of Chinese military aircraft in recent times, writes BTA.

The incident, which took place on December 21, involved a Chinese J-11 (Jiang-11) fighter jet and an American Boeing RC-135 aircraft, the US military said.

“We expect all countries in the Indo-Pacific region to use international airspace safely and in accordance with international law,” the statement added.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.

In the past, China has said that US ships and aircraft in the South China Sea region do not contribute to peace.

US military aircraft and ships regularly conduct reconnaissance operations and travel through the region.

China has claims to large parts of the South China Sea, which coincide with the exclusive economic zones of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Ships with trillions of dollars worth of goods pass annually through this waterway, which also has rich fishing grounds and gas deposits.

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