Chinese fighter jet accused of harassing Canadian plane while patrolling North Korea

SEOUL, – The Canadian military has accused Chinese fighter jets of interfering with its patrol planes while monitoring North Korea’s evasion of sanctions.

The allegations were made by the Canadian Armed Forces in a statement issued Wednesday (1/6/2022). Reuters.

On several occasions between April 26 and May 26, Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft approached the long-range patrol aircraft. Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CP-140 Aurora.

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“In this interaction, PLAAF aircraft failed to meet international aviation safety standards,” the Canadian Armed Forces said.

“This interaction is unprofessional and/or compromises the safety of our RCAF personnel,” the Canadian Armed Forces continued.

The Canadian Armed Forces added that, in some cases, Canadian crews felt very at risk.

Thus, they must immediately alter the flight path to avoid a potential collision with the intercepting aircraft.

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As of this writing, Beijing has not commented on Canada’s allegations.

The Canadian Armed Forces have said such interactions are concerning and are increasingly common.

He noted that the ARC mission took place during a UN-sanctioned operation to impose sanctions on North Korea.

The mission monitors military vessels, aircraft and personnel to identify suspected cases of sanctions evasion at sea, including transfers of fuel and other supplies between ships prohibited by UN Security Council resolutions.

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China itself has in fact endorsed the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.

However, last week Beijing and Russia vetoed the latest proposed US sanctions against North Korea over Pyongyang’s increased missile testing.

“Under the current circumstances, increasing the sanctions will not help solve the problem,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

Chinese and Russian air forces conducted joint aerial patrols over the Sea of ​​Japan, East China Sea and Western Pacific last week.

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