The incident between the frigate HMCS Regina and the two Chinese Su-30 fighters took place on Monday as the ship was in international waters near Shanghai, according to Matthew Fisher, an associate of the Canadian Institute for Global Affairs
Regina captain According to Fisher, Chinese aircraft do not pose a threat to his ship, but Fisher's report says their flight is more aggressive than anything Canadian naval forces have seen before by Chinese fighters. CNN reached the Canadian Defense Ministry for further comment.
Chinese Airplanes and Ships Surveillance Canadian Wing Vessel and Accompanying Ships After Completing Vietnam Visit to South China Sea, Taiwan
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guccian on Thursday confirmed the presence of Canadian ships.
"We were aware of the transit of Canadian ships through the Strait of Taiwan and observed the ships for
Before buzzing on Monday, the closest Chinese jets came to Regina for several kilometers According to Fisher
Canada is only one of a number of US allies and partners, including France, Japan and the United Kingdom, shipping this year to the South China Sea or the Strait of Taiwan
Beijing claims that almost the entire 1.3 million square miles of the South China Sea as its sovereign territory and aggressively states its title, as President Xi Jinping says he will never give up "every inch of the territory".
Flying Canadian Warship Comes During increased tensions between Canada and China following the arrest of Huawei Meng Wanzhou's CFO in Canada in December 2018
Shortly after Meng's detention, two Canadians were detained in China, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spyor. arrested in May accused of collecting and stealing "sensitive information and other intelligence" by 2017. Separately, Canadian man Robert Lloyd Shelenberg, who previously was found guilty of drug trafficking in China, was quickly revised in January and sentenced to death. 19659012] The Canadian government joined the human rights organizations to call for release of Kovirg and Spabor, describing their detentions as "arbitrary".
Lily Li and Son Uescott contributed to this report.