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More ‘Unsafe’ Encounters Between Australian and Chinese Forces Near Disputed South China Sea Region 

Voice of America News reports: “Australia’s new Air Force Chief has said surveillance missions would continue in the South China Sea despite a ‘recent spate of unsafe incidences’ in the contested region.

In May, a Royal Australian Air Force surveillance plane was intercepted by a Chinese fighter jet in international air space claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea region.

At the time, officials in Canberra accused Beijing, Australia’s biggest trading partner, of intimidation.

Since then, bilateral ties have been strained in recent years over various geo-political, diplomatic and trade disputes.

And there have been other as-yet unspecified encounters with Chinese forces, according to Air Marshal Robert Chipman, who became the new chief of the Australian air force in July 2022…”

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