Canberra claimed the Beijing ship aimed a laser at an Australian plane
Beijing has accused Australia of spreading fake news after Canberra claimed a Chinese vessel aimed a military laser at an Australian fighter jet in the latter’s exclusive economic zone.
Speaking at a regular press briefing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the country’s vessel abides by international law and has not committed any wrongdoing against the plane. Australian fighter.
“The Chinese vessel sailing on the high seas complies with international law and applicable international practices and is fully legitimate and legal,” he added. Wang told reporters in Beijing.
“We urge the Australian side to respect the legitimate rights of Chinese vessels under international law in the relevant seas and to stop maliciously spreading disinformation about China.”
On Saturday, the Australian Department of Defense reported that a laser was shone from a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) vessel at an Australian surveillance plane last Thursday.
Canberra released photos showing the two PLA ships – a Luyang-class guided-missile destroyer and a Yuzhao-class amphibious transport dock ship – crossing the Arafura Sea, in the exclusive economic zone of the Australia, at the time of the incident.
Australia described it “a serious security incident” add “Acts like this have the potential to put lives at risk.”
Premier Scott Morrison called him a “reckless and irresponsible…act of intimidation. He said Australia was raising the incident through diplomatic and defense channels.
Relations between the two countries have deteriorated significantly in recent years, following Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s call for an independent investigation into the source of the Covid-19 pandemic and a decision to withdraw the companies companies of the country’s 5G infrastructure projects.
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