>> Two Chinese fighter jets have carried out what the US military described as an unprofessional intercept of a US surveillance aircraft in international airspace over the East China Sea. A US Air Force spokeswoman saying the American plane, the WC-135 Constant Phoenix, was conducting a routine mission at the time and in accordance with international law.
A representative from China's foreign ministry declined to comment on the specific incident but, decried what she characterized as potentially risky behavior by the Americans. The US aircraft is designed to detect radiation, and may have been deployed in anticipation of another North Korean Nuclear test. But Reuters correspondent David Brunnstrom says the incident on Wednesday may have less to do with Korea and more with rising tensions between Washington and Beijing
>> The interception happened on the same day as a visit to a Japanese listening post by the commander of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris. Now that was his first visit to this particular Japanese listening post which was set up last year, greatly angering the Chinese. One question to ask is whether this is a sign that tensions will start to increase again in the region between the United States and China, after a period in which we've seen indications, perhaps, of some easing of tensions and greater cooperation on North Korea.
>> The US Air Force says the issue is being addressed with China through the appropriate diplomatic and military channels.