Chinese fighter planes intercept Australian aircraft during ‘routine’ activity

Chinese fighter jets intercepted an Australian aircraft in the South China Sea region during routine surveillance activity by Australia in international airspace, the Department of Security said in a statement. News release Saturday.

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The intercept resulted in a “dangerous maneuver”, posing a security threat to the Australian RAAF P-8 seaplane and its crew on 26 May.

The Australian government says it has raised concerns about the intercept to the Chinese government.


“The Defense has carried out maritime surveillance activities in the region for decades and does so in accordance with international law, exercising the right to freedom of navigation and overflight in international waters and airspace,” the Defense Department said.

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The incident comes after multiple sources…