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Australia accuses China of intimidation

AAustralia has accused the Chinese navy of endangering the lives of Australian soldiers traveling in a spy plane with a laser. Prime Minister Scott Morrison On Sunday he spoke of a “threatening act” and “irresponsible and irresponsible behavior that should not happen.”

Friedrich Bose

Political correspondent for China, North Korea and Mongolia.

A Chinese-guided missile destroyer laser targeted an Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft in the Arabian Sea off the Australian coast on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Defense in Canberra. Morrison said blinding the pilot’s eyes could have made the plane operational and endangered the crew on board.

“Serious security incident”

He declared that he would raise the matter through “diplomatic and military means.” Beijing should explain “why a naval vessel in Australia’s exclusive economic zone takes such action”. There is no justification for the Chinese approach. The Australian Ministry of Defense also spoke about the “serious security incident”. There was initially no reaction from Beijing.

Tensions between Australia and China have escalated since Canberra signed the AUKUS Security Agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom in September. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, commander of the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific, recently expressed concern that China might try something provocative in the Indo-Pacific region “to see how the international community responds.”