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The tension with Canada is not over yet, and China is talking back and forth with Australia

Responding to Australia’s accusations, a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs China Zhao Lijian said on June 6: “China once again urges Australia to seriously respect China’s national security interests and core interests, and act and speak carefully to avoid miscalculation. mistakes lead to serious consequences”.

Zhao stressed that Beijing “never allows any country to infringe upon its sovereignty and security or undermine peace and stability in the East Sea on the pretext of freedom of navigation”.

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the Chinese military always conducts “safe, standard and professional” operations, in accordance with international law.

The tension with Canada and China has not ended yet, and China has exchanged words with Australia - Photo 1.

The Australian Department of Defense said that an Australian Air Force patrol plane was dangerously intercepted by a Chinese fighter jet in the South China Sea in May. Photo: www.airforce.gov.au

Earlier, the Australian Department of Defense on June 5 said that a Boeing P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft of the Australian Air Force was “dangerously intercepted” by a Chinese J-16 fighter jet. during a “normal sea surveillance operation” in international airspace over the South China Sea on May 26.

“Intercept action leads to dangerous maneuvering, which poses a safety threat to the P-8 and its crew,” the Australian Defense Minister said. The Australian side said there was nothing unusual when they carried out surveillance flights in the East Sea, according to Sky News.

The incident comes three months after the Australian side accused the Chinese military of shining a military-grade laser at one of Canberra’s defense planes over the waters north of Australia.

Last week, Canada also accused Chinese military aircraft of repeatedly hovering over Canadian reconnaissance aircraft monitoring United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

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CP-140 Aurora reconnaissance aircraft at a Canadian military base. Photo: Canadian Press

The Canadian Armed Forces said on June 1 that during the encounters from April 26 to May 26, aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) approached a reconnaissance aircraft. CP-140 Aurora range of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

The Chinese planes approached so close that the pilots could see each other and the Canadian planes had to change course to avoid a collision.

On the Chinese side, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said on June 6 that it opposes Canada’s provocative actions. Beijing believes that Canadian military planes have increased their surveillance and provocations against China, endangering the country’s security.

China’s Defense Ministry said the pilots took “reasonable, strong, safe and professional measures” in response to the “provocative behavior” of the Canadian military.

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