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Near Flight Collision Prompts China-U.S. to Start Talks

China and the U.S. have agreed to talks on avoiding perilous encounters between their military aircraft, more than a month after a Chinese fighter came within 20 feet of a Navy plane flying at more than 400 miles an hour.

The move to defuse tensions comes after the Pentagon labeled as “unsafe and unprofessional” the Chinese intercept of a Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft near Hainan Island -- one of several recent close calls. The talks, to start this month, will occur as China prepares to host President Barack Obama and 18 other heads of state in November for an Asian-Pacific summit.