Malaysia To Summon Chinese Envoy Over ‘Suspicious’ Air Force Activity

Malaysia To Summon Chinese Envoy Over ‘Suspicious’ Air Force Activity

The foreign ministry of Malaysia said it would summon China's envoy to explain an "intrusion" by 16 air force planes into its airspace, after the South-east Asian country's military detected "suspicious" activity over the South China Sea.

Raghavan Mayur
  • Malaysia's air force said it scrambled jets to conduct visual confirmation after the planes flew within 60 nautical miles off Sarawak state of Malaysian Borneo.
  • It described the incident as a "serious threat to national sovereignty and flight safety."
  • Last year, a Chinese survey ship held a month-long standoff with a Malaysian oil exploration vessel within Malaysia's exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.
  • Malaysia's move follows months of diplomatic protests by the Philippines over the presence of hundreds of Chinese fishing boats in its Exclusive Economic Zone, which it says are manned by militia.

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