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Chinese fighter jets intercept U.S. military aircraft

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the South China Sea on Tuesday, forcing its pilot to change flight path to avoid a collision, U.S. media reported Wednesday.

      The U.S. Defense Department condemned the flight, calling it an "unsafe" intercept, while saying the U.S. aircraft was carrying out "a routine U.S. patrol."

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