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Pentagon cites ''dangerous'' Chinese jet intercept

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WASHINGTON (AP): The Pentagon said that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a US Navy aircraft three days ago off the coast of China in international airspace.

The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said on Friday that Washington has lodged a protest to China through diplomatic channels.

Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet (10 meters) of it.

He said the Chinese jet did a roll manoeuvre over the top of the Poseidon and also passed across the nose of the Navy plane, exposing the belly of the fighter in a way apparently designed to show that it was armed.

Kirby said it happened about 135 miles (215 kilometers) east of Hainan Island.

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