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We're Back! Recon Plane Covers China Coast

Monday, 28 May 2001 12:00 AM

"We did fly south a couple of days ago," one defense official said of the RC-135 flight. The RC-135 is a militarized Boeing 707 airliner backed with electronic eavesdropping equipment.

The aerial shadowing off northern China occurred within the past two weeks. Chinese F-6 jet fighters, versions of the Russian MiG-19, monitored an EP-3E surveillance flight some 70 miles off China´s northern coast, The Times said, quoting Pentagon officials.

One official said the incident technically is not being viewed as a Chinese "intercept" because of the distance. This official said the closest the Chinese jet came to the EP-3E was some 60 miles away, apparently to avoid a repeat of the April 1 collision. "We call it a reaction," said one official.

The 24 crew members aboard the U.S. Navy plane made an emergency landing on China's Hainan Island after the April 1 collision with a Chinese fighter jet. They were held by Chinese authorities for 11 days.

In a separate incident reported in Tuesday's edition of The Times, a Chinese Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft repeatedly flew over a U.S. surveillance ship operating in international waters, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Officials said the U.S. ocean surveillance ship USS Bowditch was harassed by a Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol aircraft that buzzed the surveillance ship at least 10 times. The Y-8 is a four-engine propeller aircraft based on the design of the Russian An-12 aircraft.

A Pentagon official said the U.S.-China standoff involving the Bowditch was "still going on" as of Sunday. The Beijing government is demanding an end of all U.S. military surveillance of China since the April 1 collision.

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