China rejects accusations of risky aerial maneuvers and urges Australia ‘to be careful in words and deeds’
China has defended its military pilots, saying they were doing the right thing and protecting its sovereignty, following recent complaints from Australia and Canada that Chinese planes were engaging in risky maneuvers with their planes over the Peaceful.
- Australia and Canada accused Chinese military pilots of failing to meet international safety standards
- China countered that the actions were safe and professional
- China has said it will not allow any country to violate its sovereignty in the name of freedom of navigation
The Federal Government has said it will not be intimidated by the dangerous actions of the Chinese aircraft, which flew close to an RAAF P-8 maritime surveillance plane on May 26 during a routine patrol in international airspace.
The Chinese plane fired flares while flying close alongside the Australian plane, before cutting ahead and releasing a bag of ‘chaff’ into its flight path, which included aluminum shards that were sucked into the engine of the Australian plane, Defense Minister Richard said. said Marles.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, visiting Indonesia on Monday, called it a dangerous act of aggression.
The Chinese Ministry of Defense did not comment on the incident.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the Chinese military always conducts operations based on international law and practice and in a safe and professional manner.
China claims numerous small islands and reefs in the South China Sea and says the area around these outcrops is within its territorial waters and airspace.
Last week, the Canadian military accused Chinese planes of repeatedly failing to meet international safety standards and endangering a Canadian crew.
A June 1 statement said Chinese planes attempted to divert a Canadian long-range patrol plane off course and the crew had to change direction quickly to avoid a potential collision.
“Such interactions … are concerning and increasingly frequent,” the statement said.
Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said Monday that China “has promptly taken reasonable, vigorous and professional measures in response to Canada’s provocative acts and hostile and unprofessional operations.”
The Canadian aircraft was deployed from April 26 to May 26 to join other countries in monitoring ship-to-ship fuel transfers at sea that could help North Korea evade UN sanctions over its nuclear testing. missiles and nuclear.
Chinese vessels are suspected of having participated in the transfers. The United States and Japan also participated in the surveillance.
Wu said in a statement that Canada had stepped up close reconnaissance of China under the guise of implementing UN sanctions. He said Canada would take responsibility for all the serious consequences of what he called his risky and provocative actions.
A 2001 collision between a US surveillance plane and a Chinese air force plane resulted in the death of the Chinese pilot and the 10-day detention of the US crew by China. In a separate incident,
Zhao said China would not allow any country to violate its sovereignty in the name of freedom of navigation.
He also accused Canada of spreading misinformation and said it should adopt a moderate and pragmatic policy toward China and take concrete steps to improve relations between the two.