Australia says China has intercepted a military plane in the South China Sea and forced it to return to the base.

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A Chinese fighter The Australian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the Australian military plane was forced to return to the base as it moved in front of an Australian military plane over the South China Sea and threw flying debris into the engine.

On May 26, a P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft intercepted a Chinese J-16 fighter jet that was on a routine patrol in international airspace. Australian Ministry of Defense he said.

File: In this untitled file photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army J-16 fighter jet flies to an unknown location.
(Via Taiwan Ministry of Defense AP)

Secretary of Defense Richard Marls said the Chinese J-16 flew close to the Australian plane, firing flames and scales burned by Poseidon’s modified Boeing 737-800 engines.

“The J-16 accelerated … and cut off the nose of the P-8 and landed very close to the P-8,” Marls told reporters in Melbourne. “At that time I released a hay bale containing small pieces of aluminum, part of which was swallowed by the engine of the P-8. It was certainly very dangerous.”

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He said the P-8 crew responded professionally and sent the aircraft back to its base. There was no official response from Beijing on Sunday.

“Security has been conducting maritime surveillance operations in the region for decades and is doing so in accordance with international law, exercising international maritime and air navigation and the right to fly more.” A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense stated this

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Relationships between Australia and China have been deteriorating for years Beijing rejected top-level exchanges after imposing sanctions on trade and in response to the enactment of Canberra rules aimed at foreign intervention in domestic politics.

On March 20, 2022, Chinese structures and buildings will appear on artificial fiery cross rocks in the disputed Spratly Islands group in the South China Sea.
(AP Photo / Aaron Favela)

The incident comes last month amid Chinese military aggression across the border and at sea, targeting aircraft, ships and ground forces from India, Canada, the United States and the Philippines.

China claims ownership of the entire South China Sea and continues to put increasing pressure on other countries demanding certain parts of the strategic waterway. These include building military installations on artificial islands, harassing foreign fishing vessels and conducting military operations in the air and international seas.

Earlier this year, Admiral John C, commander of U.S. forces in the Indo-Pacific region, was arrested. Aquilino has militarized at least a third of its assets in the Chinese islands, armed with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems. Laser and jamming equipment and military aircraft.

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The United States and its allies have repeatedly defied China’s claims, conducted military patrols and exercises in the region, and provoked angry reactions from Beijing despite agreements aimed at easing tensions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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