Chinese troops allegedly cast a shadow over Australian warships on the high seas


The Australian Defense Minister said the Ministry of Defense would not discuss recent allegations that the Chinese army cast a shadow over Australian warships when sailing on the high seas during military exercises with the Japanese Navy.

This will come later Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) On July 14, defense sources claimed to have informed the media that Australian naval vessels were overshadowed by nuclear submarines, warships, and several aircraft during this period.

“There have been formal challenges, such as telling us that we are in China’s territorial waters,” a source allegedly told ABC. “The most intense activity occurred when HMAS Parramatta was in the East China Sea.”

According to ABC’s report, HMAS Parramatta was closely followed by a Type 052C “Luyan II” guided missile destroyer and a Type 093-A “Shan II” nuclear attack submarine as it passed through the South China Sea and the East China Sea. The sea, and Taiwan.

Australian Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles refused to provide detailed information about the case when talking to ABC on Thursday.

“I don’t go into the details around it, except to say that what our troops do and what the Navy does in the South China Sea is routine,” Marls told ABC.

“It has been doing it for decades, and it focuses on claiming the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: Freedom of Navigation, Freedom of Flying, I am very important. Order based on the global rules we have stated Our national interest. “

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Richard Marles, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, at the Parliament Building in Canberra, Australia, December 7, 2020. (Sam Mooy / Getty Images)

However, the minister noted that the government may publish the case later.

“It may happen again in the future, but because it is in our national interest, our first and foremost focus is on doing the activity,” he said.

The Australian Department of Defense has also not confirmed details about the Epoch Times case.

“HMAS Parramatta is currently embarking on a regional presence, doing a lot of work between Australia’s regional partners and the Navy and participating in various maritime exercises,” said a spokesman for the department. Said in an email to the Epoch Times.

“Regional expansion is part of Australia’s long-standing contribution to the open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific.

“For operational security reasons, Defense does not disclose specific operational details.”

Leaving Australia in late May, the Royal Australian Navy’s frigate HMAS Parramatta visited Vietnam and South Korea before sailing the South China Sea and East China Sea to Japan.

After a military exercise with the Self-Defense Forces, I arrived at a port in Nagasaki Prefecture on June 28.

According to the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, HMAS Parramatta arrived in Vietnam’s port city of Da Nang on June 5, and left for Busan Naval Base a week later.

The alleged case was a word between Beijing and Canberra when an Australian military aircraft was intercepted by a J-16 Chinese jet while Mars was conducting maritime surveillance in the international airspace of the South China Sea on June 5. It happens after revealing that it caused the exchange.

The jet released flares as it flew near the sides of an Australian P-8 aircraft during regular maritime surveillance flights in international airspace.

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A J-16 fighter flying during the PLA Air Force Air Open Day held in Changchun, Jillin Province, northeastern China, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the PLA Air Force’s founding in October. .. 17, 2019. (STR / AFP via Getty Images)

The Chinese jet then accelerated and crossed the nose of the Australian plane, releasing a “bundle of chaff” containing small pieces of aluminum. Some of them were “incorporated” into the P-8’s engine.

“Obviously this is very dangerous,” Marls said at the time.

But he said the case “does not prevent” Australia from engaging in surveillance activities that are “within our rights under international law.”

“Other countries are doing the same,” Marls said. “We are deeply investing in the right to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea … this is a body of water that is deeply linked to Australia for trade through Australia.”

Victoria Kelly-Clark contributed to this report.

Epoch Times Sydney Staff