The Australian Department of Defense accused China of firing a laser at one of its spy planes this week, condemning it as a serious safety incident that had the potential to endanger lives, when it wasn’t patrolling along the Chinese coastline?
In a Saturday statement, the Australian military claimed one of its P-8A Poseidon spy planes detected a laser illuminating the aircraft while in flight over Australia’s northern approaches.
The laser was detected as emanating from a People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) vessel, the statement alleged, calling the illumination of the aircraft by the Chinese vessel a serious safety incident.
The Chinese vessel was allegedly sailing east through the Arafura Sea, between Papua New Guinea and Australia, at the time of the happening.
The Department of Defense claimed the laser could have put the lives of Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel at risk, and concluded that such actions are not in keeping with the standards we expect of professional militaries?
In a statement on Sunday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the incident an act of intimidation which was unprovoked and unwarranted.
Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton likened the alleged laser shining to aggressive bullying, while opposition leader Anthony Albanese called it an outrageous act of aggression that should be condemned.
Tensions between Australia and China have been on the rise over the past few years as the government of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has sought to distance itself from China in favor of further cooperation with the US regime.
In September, the USA, Australia, and the UK signed a strategic security pact, which China blasted as an attempt to undermine stability along the Chinese coastline.
The pact, known as AUKUS, provides a path for the Royal Australian Navy to acquire nuclear-powered submarines. Australian government officials also boycotted the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.