- Canadian military aircraft working in Asia have more than once been “hummed” by Chinese planes at dangerously close ranges.
- Canada calls the Chinese behavior amateurish and possibly dangerous.
- China did not comment on the episodes, which Canada says are being carefully cared for.
Canadian military planes working in Asia have more than once been “hummed” by Chinese planes at dangerously close ranges, Ottawa says.
Canada says its crews had to adjust the way they steered clear of impacts while working in global airspace near North Korea. He called the Chinese behavior amateurish and possibly dangerous. China did not comment on the episodes, which Canada says are being carefully cared for.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he took what was happening “seriously” and asked authorities to speak to their Chinese partners. “How China would have decided to do this is incredibly shocking,” he said, according to Reuters news agency.
In an explanation, Canadian military media relations officer Dan Le Bouthillier said the events occurred during Operation Neon, Canada’s commitment to implementing United Nations sanctions against North Korea. .
“In these collaborations, PLAAF [People’s Liberation Army Air Force] the aircraft failed to meet global aviation safety standards,” Le Bouthillier said. “These associations are amateurs and additionally put the security of our ARC [Royal Canadian Air Force] faculty in danger.
The Canadian aircraft included – the CP-140 Aurora Sea Watch aircraft – was operating from Kadena Air Base in Japan between April 26 and May 26.
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Mr Le Bouthillier added that on some occasions Canadian crews felt “endangered enough” to quickly change their own flight paths to stay clear of predicted crashes. The Chinese planes were apparently close to a sufficient number of which their groups were “obviously noticeable”.
While it’s unclear where the buzzing occurred, Le Bouthillier said it’s gradually continuous. Similar Chinese behavior has been seen in the past by Canadian, American and other partner aircraft and ships working in the Pacific.
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In 2017, for example, Chinese planes came within 150 feet (45 meters) of an American plane, a move the US Air Force called “amateur”. After two years, two Chinese warriors flew 300 meters (1,000 feet) ahead of a Canadian warship.
A Chinese state-owned newspaper later described the episode as a “warm welcome” to Canadian powers by China’s naval force and flying corps.
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