Australia’s state head has blamed China for an “demonstration of terrorizing” after Canberra said a Chinese maritime vessel sparkled a laser at one of the country’s guard airplane.
“I can see it no alternate way than a demonstration of terrorizing,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday, naming the demonstration “ridiculous and unwarranted”.
The boat was one of two Chinese naval force vessels cruising through waters off Australia’s northern coast on Thursday when it enlightened an observation airplane in an episode that had “the possibility to jeopardize lives,” the safeguard office said.
Australia’s Defense Minister Peter Dutton repeated his interests, saying it was “an exceptionally forceful demonstration”.
“I think the Chinese government is trusting that no one discusses these forceful harassing acts,” Dutton told Sky News on Sunday.
As per the guard service, the boats were cruising east through the Arafura Sea, only north of Australia.
The Chinese government has not reacted to the claims from Australia.
China last confronted allegations of focusing on Australian aeroplanes involving military-grade lasers in 2019, when Australian Defense Force helicopters were illuminated over the South China Sea.