'This is uncharacteristic of the normal safe behavior from Chinese military,' Pentagon says of incident above East China Sea.

A U.S. navy spy plane was intercepted by two Chinese fighter jets in the East China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters the incident took place Sunday in international waters between the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea.

One of the Chinese jets flew under the navy plane then slowed and pulled up in front of it, causing the crew “to take evasive action to avoid collision”, Davis told reporters.

The U.S. Navy described the flight as “a routine mission operating in accordance with international law” up until the “interaction” with the Chinese interceptors.

“There are intercepts that occur in international air spaces regularly,” said Davis. “This is uncharacteristic of the normal safe behavior from Chinese military.”

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