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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.