Chinese Jets Intercept US Spy Plane Over South China Sea

Posted: May 18, 2016 7:00 PM

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.

The United States has accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea.