On Monday, China reprimanded Australia over an aviation accident over the South China Sea. Beijing urges Australia to be “cautious” to prevent “miscalculation” from leading to “serious consequences”.
Australia says China endangered one of its military aircraft over the South China Sea on May 26. According to Australia, a Chinese fighter recklessly intercepted an Australian P-8 reconnaissance aircraft.
China does not accept this accusation. “The Chinese military is carrying out its operations in accordance with the operational requirements in terms of security, standards and professionalism,” said Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
“China once again calls on Australia to respect our security interests and concerns, and be careful in words and deeds so as not to make errors of judgment that could lead to serious consequences,” the statement said. China will not allow any country to violate its sovereignty and security under the pretext of freedom of navigation.
China claims most of the South China Sea, including islands and reefs more than a thousand kilometers from the Chinese coast. Australia regards most of that area as international waters. Neither China nor Australia has identified the exact location of the accident.
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