Canada says China has harassed its aircraft on North Korea sanctions mission

Canada says China has harassed its aircraft on North Korea sanctions mission

Beijing has not yet commented on the allegations.


The Canadian military has accused Chinese warplanes of harassing their patrol aircraft because they monitor North Korea’s sanctions evasion, sometimes forcing Canadian aircraft to deviate from their flight path.

On several occasions from April 26 to May 26, a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft approached a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft, the Canadian Armed Forces said in a statement Wednesday. .

“In this interaction, PLAAF aircraft did not comply with international air safety regulations,” the statement said. “These interactions put the safety of non-professionals and / or our RCAF personnel at risk.”

In some cases, Canadian aircrew felt so at risk that they had to quickly change the route of their flight to avoid possible collisions with intercepted aircraft, the statement added.

Beijing has not yet commented on the allegations.

Such interactions are alarming and increasingly frequent, with the Canadian military saying the missions took place during a UN-sanctioned operation to enforce sanctions on North Korea.

Canadian aircraft were part of Ottawa’s “Operation NEON”, which saw the deployment of military ships, aircraft and crews to detect suspected maritime evasion at sea, including ship-to-ship fuel transfers and other supplies prohibited by UN Security Council resolutions.

China, which says it has enforced UNSC sanctions, joined Russia last week in vetoing a new US-led embargo on North Korea’s growing missile tests.

“In the current context, raising sanctions will not help solve the problem,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a briefing on Wednesday.

The Chinese and Russian air forces last week conducted a joint air patrol in the Sea of ​​Japan, the East China Sea and the western Pacific Ocean, the first such exercise since Russia invaded Ukraine.

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