Australia complains to Beijing over ‘harmful’ transfer by Chinese language jet – POLITICO

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Australia on Sunday criticized China for a “harmful maneuver” by a Chinese language fighter airplane when it intercepted an Australian plane in worldwide airspace over the South China Sea late final month.

A Chinese language jet on Could 26 intercepted an Australian P-8 plane that was on “routine maritime surveillance exercise” in worldwide airspace, the Protection Division in Canberra stated in a assertion.

“The intercept resulted in a harmful manoeuvre which posed a security risk to the P-8 plane and its crew,” the division stated.

Austrialian Protection Minister Richard Marles advised native media that the Chinese language airplane despatched out flares and shards of aluminum chaff. He referred to as the incident “very harmful.”

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese advised reporters the federal government has raised its “issues concerning the incident with the Chinese language authorities.” 

The South China Sea is a contested area over which China has claimed rights, whereas Australia has lately elevated its protection and cooperation with the U.S. within the space.

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