- China and U.S. have no agreement on protocols for intercepts
- This could lead to repeat of lethal 2001 incident when Chinese pilot died
Lt Col Rick Francona is a CNN military analyst and retired US Air Force intelligence officer with over 4000 flight hours in a variety of reconnaissance aircraft. The views expressed here are solely his.
(CNN)Two Chinese J-11 fighter aircraft carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a United States EP-3E "Aires II" reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the South China Sea, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.