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China intercepted jet in international airspace: Australia PM

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Australia insisted Wednesday that its patrol plane was in international airspace when a Chinese warplane intercepted it and released a cloud of small aluminium strips, known as chaff.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese responded curtly when asked about a spat between Canberra and Beijing over the May 26 incident, which Australia’s government has described as ‘very dangerous’.

‘This incident occurred in international airspace. Full stop,’ Albanese told a news conference.

China’s defence ministry spokesman Tan Kefei said Tuesday that the Australian P-8A anti-submarine patrol aircraft came near the airspace of the disputed Paracel Islands — known as Xisha in China…”

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