Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison accused China on Sunday of “an act of intimidation” after his government said a Chinese ship beamed lasers at an Australian military plane.
The Australian Ministry of Defense said two Chinese navy ships sailed off the north coast of Australia on Thursday, with one of them aiming a laser beam at an Australian reconnaissance aircraft that it said would “endanger lives”.
Stressing that this was “unjust”, Morrison said, “I can only see it as an act of intimidation.”
Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton also condemned what happened, calling it “a very offensive act” and told Sky News television on Sunday: “I think the Chinese government hopes that nobody talks about these acts of aggressive intimidation.”
According to the Ministry of Defense, the two Chinese ships were heading east in the Aravura Sea in northern Australia.
Chinese authorities have not yet responded to these accusations by Australia.
Canberra also accused China of directing military-grade lasers at Australian aircraft in 2019.
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