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Australia-China Tensions Back In Focus


Domestic press in Australia focused heavily on an incident involving an Australian surveillance plane and a China fighter jet in the South China Sea over the weekend. The incident took place on May 26th.

  • New Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles reported the incident yesterday, stating that the two aircraft came very close to each other. He also stated the actions of the Chinese plane put at risk the safety of the Australian aircraft and crew.
  • China disputed these claims in an editorial in the Global Times, stating key details of the engagement had been omitted by the Australian account of events.
  • This comes after an earlier incident in February, where the Australian government stated a China ship shone a laser at an Australian surveillance plane as it was travelling close to Australia.
  • China's foreign minister has also called for a re-set in relations between the two countries, following the election of the Labor Government. It remains to be seen what comes of this though.

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