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China rejects US claims that jet made 'dangerous' pass

China has rejected accusations from the US that a Chinese fighter jet's "acrobatic manoeuvres" near a US Navy surveillance aircraft were dangerous.

A spokesman for the Chinese defence ministry said the pilot conducted operations that were "professional and the Chinese jet kept a safe distance from the US planes."

He called the US accusations "groundless" in a statement issued Saturday night, and said that China was conducting "routine identification and verification" flights.

Pictures show Chinese jet flying near US navy plane

Pictures of a Chinese fighter jet performing a "very dangerous" manoeuvre within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane have been released by the US Department of Defence.

A Chinese fighter plane that came within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane.
A Chinese fighter plane that came within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident in which took place in international air space near Japan on Tuesday.

The Chinese jet performed 'acrobatic manoeuvres around' the US plane.
The Chinese jet performed 'acrobatic manoeuvres around' the US plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said today that the jet performed "acrobatic manoeuvres around" the US plane, including flying wingtip-to-wingtip about 9 meters from it.

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident.
The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident. Credit: US Department of Defence

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US surveillance plane in close shave with Chinese jet

The US has lodged a formal diplomatic protest after a Chinese jet flew within 20-30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane in international air space near Japan on Tuesday.

A US Navy P-8 Poseidon similar to the one that had a close shave with a Chinese jet
A US Navy P-8 Poseidon similar to the one that had a close shave with a Chinese jet Credit: REUTERS/Greg Wood/Pool

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said today that the jet performed "acrobatic manoeuvres around" the US plane, including flying wingtip-to-wingtip about 9 metres from it.

The US Navy P-8 Poseidon, an anti-submarine and reconnaissance plane, was flying around 135 miles (217 km) east of Hainan Island, site of a sensitive Chinese submarine base.

Ben Rhodes, deputy White House national security adviser, said: "We have communicated directly to the Chinese government our objection to this type of action."

Members of banned cult face murder charge in China

Five alleged members of an outlawed religious cult are facing trial in China for the murder of a woman at a McDonald's in May.

The defendants are accused of beating the woman to death after she turned down requests for her phone number in Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province.

Members of the Quannengshen 'Almighty God' cult stand trial in Hengshui City
Members of the Quannengshen 'Almighty God' cult stand trial in Hengshui City Credit: Reuters/CCTV

Chinese state media reports that police have arrested almost 1,000 members of the Quannengshen group in recent days, accusing them of a spate of murders among other crimes.

Founded in the 1990s in the central Henan Province, the 'Almighty God' cult preaches that Jesus has been reborn in the guise of the founder's wife. It has declared war on the 'Red Dragon' - seen as a thinly-veiled reference to China's Communist party.

Coal explosion in China traps 29 workers underground

An explosion in a coal mine in eastern China has trapped 29 workers underground, state media have reported.

About 30 rescuers were trying to reach those trapped in the private mine in Huainan city in Anhui province but were awaiting the arrival of heavy rescue equipment, China Central Television said.

Ten other miners managed to escape, one of whom was injured.

The government had ordered the mine shut down twice in June, but it had continued operating. Most of the trapped miners were in their 40s, it was reported.

Jackie Chan's son 'arrested on drug charges'

Jaycee Chan, son of martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, has been arrested in Beijing in connection with possible drug use.

According to reports by Chinese online and state media, Jaycee Chan (aka Fang Zuming) was present when Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (aka Ko Chen-tung) was recently arrested on drugs charges.

Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan
Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan Credit: Reuters

The 31-year-old is the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.

Citing local police, Reuters reported that both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan's home.

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British man sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in China

British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for illegally obtaining records on Chinese citizens, while his American wife was handed a two-year jail sentence, at a court in Shanghai.

Peter Humphrey and his American wife went on trial in Shanghai.
Peter Humphrey and his American wife went on trial in Shanghai. Credit: CCTV/AP

The couple ran risk consultancy ChinaWhys, whose clients included British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc, which is at the centre of a separate corruption probe.

According to a statement read out by a court official at a press conference, Humphrey will be deported, but it gave no further details on that aspect of the judgment, including on whether Yu would also be deported.

The couple has the right to appeal their sentence within 10 days, the court added.

Trial of British man in China could be key to GSK probe

The trial of a British man and his American wife, who are accused of illegally obtaining and selling private information on Chinese nationals, could be key to a bribery investigation against pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

The trial of a British man and his American wife could be key to a probe into GSK.
The trial of a British man and his American wife could be key to a probe into GSK. Credit: Reuters

Peter Humphrey and Yu Yingzeng ran a risk consultancy called ChinaWhys, whose clients included GSK, and their testimony is being closely watched for any comments on the British firm.

The couple's arrest last year coincided with a government investigation into the company who are accused of funneling millions of pounds through travel agencies to bribe local doctors and health officials to raise prices and boost sales.

However, GSK was not mentioned on the charge sheet against Humphrey and Yu.

Prosecutors claim the couple have obtained over 200 items of private information including phone records and real estate documents and then re-sold the data.

Read more: Briton 'illegally obtained Chinese citizens' details'

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