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Pentagon: Two Chinese chasers intercept a US military plane

Washington (ENA) - Two Chinese pursuit aircraft came dangerously close on Tuesday to an American reconnaissance plane in the South China Sea, according to a Pentagon spokesman. Major Jamie Davis, spokesman for the ministry, explained that the accident occurred in international airspace during a routine patrol for the American plane. He added: The US Department of Defense is using appropriate diplomatic and military channels to respond to the incident. There is a dispute between China and the United States over the South China Sea, which constitutes a strategic area for global trade. China claims sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, which is disputed by other countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines. Agence France-Presse quoted the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Thursday as saying that the incident was likely linked to the American plane’s close surveillance of China. We will try to understand and evaluate the situation. While Washington refrains from taking a position on the essence of the border dispute, it believes that differences should be settled through diplomatic means and not through the de facto policy practiced by China. It has carried out freedom of navigation operations in the region several times to show that it does not accept China's claim to sovereignty over this sea. Beijing has supported its demands to carry out massive marine reclamation works on small, sometimes insignificant, islands in the Bratleys archipelago, and is now demanding that a 12-mile area around the reclamation areas be considered within its territorial waters and airspace. (End) S M/H S

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