China has warned Australia to cease “provocations” or face “severe penalties” after the Albanese authorities stated a Chinese language jet intercepted an RAAF airplane in a harmful manoeuvre in late Could.Australia complained to China over its interception of a maritime surveillance flight in worldwide airspace within the South China Sea area on 26 Could which Australia labelled “very harmful”.However China stated on Tuesday the Australian P-8 anti-submarine patrol plane got here close to the airspace of the disputed Paracel Islands – generally known as Xisha in China.The plane “approached for reconnaissance, ignoring repeated warnings from the Chinese language aspect”, defence ministry spokesman Tan Kefei stated at a press convention.The Folks’s Liberation Military organised naval and air forces to determine the navy plane “issuing a warning to drive it away”, Tan stated. “The Australian navy airplane severely threatened China’s sovereignty and safety and the measures taken by the Chinese language navy have been skilled, protected, affordable and authorized.”Tan accused Australia of spreading “false info” and known as the actions of the Australian pilots “harmful and provocative”. China warned Australia to handle the actions of its naval and air forces or face “severe penalties”.The Australian authorities revealed an announcement on Sunday saying that on 26 Could an “RAAF P-8 maritime surveillance plane was intercepted by a Chinese language J-16 fighter plane throughout a routine maritime surveillance exercise in worldwide airspace within the South China Sea area”.The Defence assertion added: “The intercept resulted in a harmful manoeuvre which posed a security menace to the P-8 plane and its crew.”The defence minister, Richard Marles, didn’t reveal the precise location of the incident on the time or precisely how shut the planes got here to one another – however he did define additional particulars at a press convention.“What occurred was that the J-16 plane flew very near the aspect of the P-8 maritime surveillance plane,” he stated.“In flying near the aspect, it launched flares, the J-16 then accelerated and lower throughout the nostril of the P-8, settling in entrance of the P-8 at very shut distance. At that second, it then launched a bundle of chaff which comprises small items of aluminium, a few of which have been ingested into the engine of the P-8 plane. Fairly clearly, that is very harmful.”Australia has argued it isn’t uncommon for it to undertake surveillance flights over the strategic waterway which Beijing insists comes beneath its area regardless of a 2016 Hague ruling that dismissed its declare.In February, Canberra accused the Chinese language navy of shining a military-grade laser at certainly one of its defence planes over waters north of Australia, labelling it an “act of intimidation”.