WASHINGTON (AP) _ China has provided U.S. officials with information confirming the deaths of two U.S. Navy pilots missing in China from the Vietnam War.

The pilots had been missing since 1967 when their plane inadvertently entered Chinese airspace while on a mission to Vietnam, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

The identities of the pilots were not disclosed. The statement did not say how the pilots died.

Photos of the pilots turned over to U.S. officials clearly showed the pilots to be dead and appear to have been taken at the time of their deaths, the Tuesday night statement said. Photos of their I.D. cards also were given to U.S. officials.

Chinese officials provided the information during a recent meeting with U.S. officials in Hawaii. Boucher said the Chinese assistance reflects a new level of cooperation between the two countries in accounting for missing American servicemen.