China condemned on Tuesday Canada’s “unlawful” intrusion into its airspace after Ottawa accused Beijing’s fighter jets of a “reckless” intercept of a Canadian maritime patrol plane.
Chinese language planes shadowed Ottawa’s Aurora plane — on a mission to implement United Nations sanctions towards North Korea — over a number of hours in worldwide waters, in response to a Canadian tv crew on the flight.
One got here inside 5 meters (15 ft) of the Canadian aircraft, in a transfer Ottawa’s Protection Minister Invoice Blair Monday known as “unprofessional.”
However Beijing hit again on Tuesday, accusing the aircraft of getting “illegally intruded into the airspace” of Chiwei island, which lies within the Japan-administered Senkakus claimed by China.
“The Canadian navy plane travelled hundreds of miles to make hassle and provocation at China’s doorstep,” overseas ministry spokesperson Mao Ning mentioned.
“The Chinese language facet handled it in response to regulation and rules,” she mentioned.
“The Canadian facet ought to respect goal info and cease spreading false info.”
The Aurora plane and its 13-member crew have been tasked with supporting a multinational effort to implement UN Safety Council sanctions towards North Korea in response to its nuclear weapons exams and ballistic missile launches.
“UN Safety Council resolutions have by no means authorised any nation to deploy navy forces and conduct spy and reconnaissance actions within the sea and airspace below the jurisdiction of different nations on the pretext of implementing the resolutions,” Mao insisted.
“China urges Canada to withstand the seriousness of the scenario and instantly cease its dangerous and provocative actions,” she mentioned.
Relations between Ottawa and Beijing hit new lows this yr following accusations of Chinese language meddling in Canadian elections and the tried intimidation of MPs that led to the expulsion of a Chinese language diplomat in Might.