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Australia PM Reaches Out to China Over Fighter Jet Encounter

  • Albanese says warplane intercept was a ‘dangerous maneuver’
  • Both Australia and Canada allege unsafe flying by Chinese jets
Anthony Albanese
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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his government has reached out to Beijing to raise concerns over what he described as a “dangerous maneuver” between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian surveillance plane over the South China Sea.

According to Australia’s Department of Defence, a RAAF P-8 aircraft was undertaking routine maritime surveillance activity in the region on May 26 when it was intercepted by a Chinese J-16 fighter aircraft. The Chinese jet flew “very close to the side” of the P-8 aircraft, before cutting in front of the Australian plane and releasing a “bundle of chaff which contains small pieces of aluminum,” Defense Minister Richard Marles said Sunday.