After a recent encounter in international airspace over Asia, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced Beijing’s “irresponsible and provocative” actions.
Accusing the Chinese air force of unprofessional and risky behavior, Trudeau said Canadian planes deployed in Japan should avoid colliding with Beijing jets.
Tensions between Canada and China have been high since the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou and Trudeau, calling the atrocities in Xinjiang “genocide”.
According to the Canadian military, the Chinese planes attempted to deviate from their flight path and flew so close that the crew was “very clearly visible”.
Slamming China for “not respecting UN decisions to apply sanctions against North Korea”, Trudeau said the Canadian plane had been deployed to Japan as part of a multinational effort to make enforce UN sanctions against Pyongyang.
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It comes after China and Russia used their veto power to block sanctions against North Korea at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Trudeau is currently traveling to the United States to participate in the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, which is called to counter the growing influence of China.
This is not the first time that China has used this tactic as recently Australia also accused China of endangering one of its military aircraft over the South China Sea on May 26.
After the allegation, China warned Australia to “act with caution” or face “serious consequences”.
(With agency contributions)
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