U.S. Military Says Chinese Fighter Pilot Move ‘Unnecessarily Aggressive’

China said earlier its defense chief will not meet with U.S. Defense Secretary when the two men attend a security conference in Singapore this coming weekend.

  • The U.S. military said Tuesday that a Chinese fighter jet flew aggressively close to a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea, forcing the American pilot to fly through the turbulent wake.
  • The Chinese J-16 fighter pilot “flew directly in front of the nose of the RC-135,” which was conducting routine operations in international airspace last Friday, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement.
  • It called the Chinese move an “ unnecessarily aggressive maneuver.”
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