[Ed. – No surprise; this has been going on since the last decade. It appears the frequency has increased.]
Lasers have targeted pilots of American military aircraft operating over the Pacific Ocean more than 20 times in recent months, U.S. officials say, following a series of similar incidents in which Pentagon officials said Chinese personnel used lasers against U.S. pilots in East Africa.
Officials said all the incidents occurred in and around the East China Sea, typically where the Chinese military or other Chinese civilians operate. The lasers used against American aircraft appeared to be coming from fishing boats operating in the area and from shore, multiple officials said.
Some of the fishing boats were Chinese-flagged craft, but U.S. officials wouldn’t definitively confirm that Chinese personnel were behind all of the incidents, the most recent of which occurred within the last few weeks, according to officials.