Two Chinese fighters have carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. military aircraft over the South China Sea, according to the Pentagon.
The incident happened in "international airspace" on Tuesday as the U.S. maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft carried out "a routine U.S. patrol" in the area.
“Initial reports characterized the incident as unsafe,” the U.S. military statement said.
JUST IN: DOD reviewing “unsafe" intercept of U.S. military aircraft by 2 Chinese fighter jets over South China Sea pic.twitter.com/JXmucr00q7— ABC News (@ABC) May 18, 2016
The United States has accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea.