China defense ministry: Canadian military helicopter in South China Sea violated laws

November 5, 2023 - 1:42 PM
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Canada's Minister of National Defence Bill Blair attends the Canada-CARICOM Summit in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada October 18, 2023. (Reuters/Blair Gable)

 China’s defense ministry said on Saturday that a Canadian military helicopter with “unknown intentions” in the South China Sea violated Chinese and international laws.

The move also jeopardized China’s sovereignty and security, and was a “malicious” and “provocative” act with “ulterior motives”, a spokesman at the ministry said in a statement.

Canada’s defense minister on Friday accused Chinese warplanes of buzzing the Canadian helicopter over international waters in the South China Sea the previous weekend and firing flares at it, putting the crew in danger.

China’s response was professional and in line with norms, the defense ministry spokesman said.

— Reporting by Ryan Woo and Shanghai Newsroom; editing by Jason Neely