The Pentagon revealed on Friday that an armed Chinese fighter jet did a “very dangerous” series of aerobatic maneuvers around a Navy patrol aircraft as it was flying near the coast of China earlier this week.
The Chinese jet flew within 30 feet of the patrol aircraft, which is formally referred to as a P-8 Poseidon, according to Adm. Kirby. The jet made several passes, flying alongside and under the Navy airplane. The jet even did a “barrel roll” maneuver over the U.S. military aircraft, Adm. Kirby said.
“We have registered our strong concerns with the Chinese about the unsafe and unprofessional intercept, which posed a risk to the safety and well being of the air crew and was inconsistent with customary international law,” he said.