China’s full investigation into laser incident demanded by Australia
It is alleged that a Chinese naval vessel directed a laser at an Australian military aircraft within the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone.
Australia’s prime minister said on Monday that a Chinese naval vessel that had pointed a laser at an Australian military aircraft was so close to the coast of Australia that it could possibly be seen from shore, and that he had launched a full Chinese investigation. called upon.
Scott Morrison told the media that his government had received no explanation from China on last Thursday’s incident, which Australia deemed “dangerous and reckless”.
China said Australia’s version of events “does not coincide with the facts” and was “disconcerting”.
Australia said on Saturday that a Chinese naval vessel within Australia’s exclusive economic zone guided a laser at an Australian military aircraft on its northern approach to Australia, illuminating the aircraft and potentially life-threatening. The P-8A Poseidon – a maritime patrol aircraft – detected a laser emanating from a People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) vessel, the Defense Department released photos of two Chinese ships sailing off the north coast of Australia Said while doing
A Chinese guided missile destroyer and an amphibious transport dock were sailing east through the Arafura Sea between New Guinea and Australia at the time of the incident, and later passed through the narrow Torres Strait. “It is possible that people can even see the ship from our mainland,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Tasmania on Monday.
He said Australia had called for a “full investigation into the incident” through diplomatic and defense channels. He compared the incident to a hypothetical position of an Australian frigate pointing a laser at a Chinese surveillance plane in the Taiwan Strait, adding: “Can you imagine their reaction to that in Beijing?”
China’s foreign ministry dismissed Australian criticism, saying the ship complied with international law.
“The Chinese vessel sailing in the high seas complies with relevant international law and international practice and is fully legal and legal,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters at a regular briefing in Beijing.
“We urge the Australian side to respect the legitimate rights of Chinese ships in accordance with international law in the relevant seas and to refrain from maliciously spreading misinformation regarding China.”