New US general seeks China air safety dialogue
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New US general seeks China air safety dialogue

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Air Force’s new commander in the Pacific says she’s hoping to continue talks with China on avoiding dangerous encounters in the air.

Gen. Lori Robinson said Saturday she hopes a speaking engagement at China’s biggest air show later this month will allow her to renew dialogue on the issue.

Robinson said in a telephone interview from Hawaii that the U.S. hopes all parties will adhere to generally recognized rules for safety in flight.

The issue was spotlighted after a Chinese fighter jet came within 9 meters (30 feet) of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon plane in August.

China’s declaration last year of an air-defense identification zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea has also increased tensions, along with an ongoing territorial dispute with Japan.