China has denied US allegations that two of its fighter jets intercepted an American radiation-sniffing plane earlier this week, saying that its aircraft were acting in accordance with the law.
The U.S. Air Forces WC-135 Constant Phoenix sniffer plane in a file photo. (Yonhap)
Related remarks from the US side are inconsistent with fact, the Chinese defence ministry said in a statement posted to its website late on Friday.
On 17 May, a US reconnaissance aircraft was carrying out an operation in airspace over the Chinese Yellow Sea (the northern part of the East China sea), and Chinese aircraft acted to identify and investigate in accordance with the law, the statement said, calling the action professional and safe.