J-16 fighter jets attached to an Air Force Aviation Brigade under the PLA Western Theater Command taxi down the runway during an air combat training exercise in complex electromagnetic conditions early April 2021. (Photo: eng.chinamil.com.cn)

Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fighter jets recently faced close reconnaissance and provocation activities by Canadian and Australian surveillance aircraft over China in the East China Sea and China respectively. in the South China Sea, Chinese sources and analysts said on Sunday.

In accusing Chinese fighter jets of threatening flight safety, the two Five Eyes members complained first while being the culprits in the first place, trying to throw mud on China without thinking about their own behaviors, said experts.

Reports claiming Chinese military planes “buzzed” Canadian military planes are not consistent with the truth, a Chinese source familiar with the matter told the Global Times on Sunday.

The information the source is referring to includes one by CNN on Thursday, which said the Canadian Armed Forces on Wednesday accused Air Force PLA planes of repeatedly buzzing surveillance planes Canadians, which would have “helped to enforce the United Nations sanctions against North Korea”.

In some cases, Chinese warplanes got so close that the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CP-140 patrol plane had to change course to avoid a collision, the Canadian Armed Forces said.

The Chinese source said the truth is that it was the Canadian warplanes that went all the way to the East China Sea and carried out close reconnaissance and provocations against China.

The Chinese aircraft dealt with its Canadian counterparts completely legitimately and within their rights, the source said.

A Chinese international affairs expert who requested anonymity told the Global Times on Sunday that to understand the truth, Canada must answer these questions: North Korea is so far from Canada, what is the real purpose of the flights Canadians on behalf of the UN? The UN insists on territorial integrity and inviolability, what did the Canadian plane really do? Were the pilots professional? Have they made approaches into Chinese airspace and made dangerous and provocative gestures? Does Canada view its provocation against China as legitimate but does it view China’s legitimate defensive measures as provocation?

In answering these questions, it becomes clear that Canada has labeled blacks as whites and invoked cause and effect in an attempt to demonize China, promoting the “China threat” theory, the official said. ‘expert.

In a separate event, the Australian Department of Defense said in a press release on Sunday that a Royal Australian Air Force P-8 maritime surveillance plane was intercepted by a Chinese J-16 fighter jet during a routine maritime surveillance activity in the South China Sea. on May 26, claiming that the spy plane was flying in international airspace.

The interception resulted in a dangerous maneuver that posed a threat to the safety of the P-8 aircraft and its crew, the Australian press release read.

Australia’s Ministry of Defense said the Chinese plane fired flares while flying close to the Australian plane, before cutting in front of the P-8 and releasing a bag of “chaff” in its flight path. flight, which included aluminum fragments sucked into the Australian plane’s engine, Australia’s ABC News reported.

The Australian aircraft likely also carried out close reconnaissance and made provocative moves over China, as did the Canadian aircraft, analysts said.

It is possible that the Australian P-8 is about to enter or even has entered Chinese airspace, or it is also possible that the plane has disrupted the PLA maritime exercises in a dangerous way, have said. said analysts.

If the Chinese aircraft used flares and chaff, it is possible that the Australian P-8 used its jamming pod to laser the Chinese aircraft, triggering the latter’s self-defense system which is programmed to release flares and chaff automatically, Zhang Xuefeng, a Chinese military expert, told the Global Times on Sunday.

Some Western armies often complain first while being the culprit in the first place, Zhang said.

They pour dirty water on China, but mention nothing about their own activities or whether their activities threatened China’s security, Zhang said.

This is not the first time that Australia has made false accusations about the legitimate activities of the PLA.

In February, Australia claimed that a PLA Navy flotilla aimed a laser at an Australian P-8 patrol aircraft in flight over Australia’s northern approaches, but Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, quickly debunked the accusation, saying that the Chinese ships carried out safe, standard and professional actions in accordance with relevant international law and international practice, and that it is the Australian plane that flew very close to the Chinese ships and dropped sonobuoys nearby.

When Australia sent spy planes for a provocative reconnaissance near China in the South China Sea, it blamed the Chinese planes for risky interception, but when the Chinese ships sailed into international waters, the Australian planes made really dangerous approaches, said Fu Qianshao, a Chinese military aviation expert. the Global Times on Sunday.

Australia obviously applies double standards here, Fu said.

By properly dealing with these repeated foreign provocations, the PLA has shown its preparedness, capability and determination to safeguard national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, analysts said.