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China slams Canada's provocative helicopter acts around Xisha Islands

Updated 22:10, 04-Nov-2023

China urges the Canadian side to strictly restrict the actions of its frontline forces at sea and in the air, China's Ministry of National Defense said in a statement on Saturday.

A Canadian military helicopter with "unknown intentions" approached the airspace of China's Xisha Islands, violating Chinese and international laws, said Zhang Xiaogang, a spokesperson for the ministry. It's an act that endangered China's sovereignty and security, and was a malicious and provocative act with ulterior motives, he added. 

Zhang slammed Canada's provocative actions, including not answering after multiple rounds of warnings from the naval and air forces of China's People's Liberation Army and having helicopters flying at ultra-low altitudes. The Canadian media also hyped up the incident afterwards and smeared China, he said.

China's response actions are professional and in line with norms, Zhang stressed, urging Ottawa to stop exaggerating and hyping up the situation, and strictly restrain the actions of its frontline sea and air forces to prevent accidents at sea and in the air. 

The Chinese military will remain on high alert at all times, resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and maritime rights and interests, and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, he said. 

(Cover: Spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense Zhang Xiaogang replies to inquiries from reporters. /Ministry of National Defense)

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