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US Admiral Decries ‘Unsafe’ China Military Actions in Pacific

  • Military official says risky PLA maneuvers ‘unacceptable’
  • Commander’s complaint comes after Beijing ends military talks
Vice Admiral Karl Thomas

Vice Admiral Karl Thomas

Photographer: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

The top American naval commander in Asia criticized what he said were unsafe and provocative actions by Chinese warplanes, reiterating US complaints about behavior that officials argue could prompt a clash. 

Vice Admiral Karl Thomas, commander of the US Navy’s Japan-based Seventh Fleet, expressed concern Tuesday about increasingly assertive efforts by the People’s Liberation Army to intercept US and allied military aircraft in the skies over the Pacific. He cited the firing of flares near planes and shortening the distance between aircraft as they pass as risky actions.