The Canadian military has accused the Chinese air force of “endangering Canadian air force members with unprofessional behavior” during recent interactions in international airspace in Asia.
Canadian planes were sent to Japan as part of a multinational effort to enforce sanctions on North Korea.
While on the plane, Canadian planes were spotted facing Chinese military planes trying to change their course “without respecting international security standards,” the military said in a press release Wednesday evening.
In some cases, Canadian pilots had to abruptly change their route “to avoid collisions with aircraft trying to intercept them,” the statement said, adding that Chinese aircraft were sometimes too close and their crew was “clearly visible”.
Diplomatic channels have already mentioned that this type of military interaction is becoming more frequent in the international arena during missions within the framework of sanctions voted by the Canadian military UN.
U.S. intelligence sources say North Korea is preparing for its first nuclear test after 2017.
The United States last Thursday called on the UN Security Council to tighten sanctions on North Korea following a series of missile launches, including a continental ballistic missile.
But China, a major ally of North Korea, and Russia, whose relations with the West have deteriorated dramatically since the invasion of Ukraine, have vetoed that tougher sanctions would not only increase tensions but also cause negative productivity.
In June 2019, several Chinese ships and military aircraft followed two Canadian ships operating in the East China Sea, some of which came to destroy boats.
Beijing regards the China Sea as its area of influence and has taken innumerable measures over the years to acquire these international waters: provoking the military against foreign planes or ships, sometimes even ordinary fishing boats; Construction of facilities on disputed islands, or by offshore drilling, again in competitive areas.