As AP reported, Canberra announced on Jun 5 that a Chinese fighter jet carried out a dangerous maneuver against Australian surveillance planes in international airspace in the South China Sea.

The incident happened on May 26. Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said that the Chinese J-16 flew very close to the Australian P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft on routine patrol.

Marles said, “The J-16 accelerated and cut across the nose of the P-8, settling in front of the P-8 at very close distance.” 

He added, “At that moment, it then released a bundle of chaff, which contains small pieces of aluminum, some of which were ingested into the engine of the P-8 aircraft. Quite obviously, this is very dangerous.”

Up to the time AP reported, Beijing had not yet responded to Australia’s statements.

This is not the first time China’s military has taken aggressive action against Australian planes.

In February, Australia accused the Chinese navy ship of shining a laser at its Poseidon surveillance planes and endangering the safety of the plane’s crew.

Australia-China relations have deteriorated in recent years. Many Australian scholars and officials accuse China’s regime of influencing or interfering in Australian politics.

Meanwhile, China is increasing its efforts to militarize the South China Sea and influence the entire Pacific region.

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