A Canadian military plane was harassed in international skies off North Korea by the Chinese military in October, according to Canada’s Chief of Defense Staff General Jonathan Vance.
In an interview with CBC, Vance called it “a pattern of behaviour that’s inappropriate.”
He said Canadian crews were never put at risk, but Chinese planes flew uncomfortably closely and used “inappropriate language.”
In a statement, Canada’s Department of National Defense (DND) told The Epoch Times that the Canadian Armed Forces had deployed a CP-140 Aurora under Op PROJECTION Asia-Pacific to help monitor and enforce the U.N. Resolutions 2375 and 2397 (against North Korea for nuclear and ballistic missile testing) in October.
Canada is working with its partners in the region to pinpoint those who are evading sanctions by maritime smuggling, particularly through ship-to-ship transfers.
“While conducting these maritime sanction evasion air operations, the CAF has, on occasion, interacted with the Chinese Air Force operating in international air space in this area,” according to DND.
DND also confirmed Chinese planes used improper radio procedures.
This particular incident took place well before tensions between China and Canada and China and the United States heated up with the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1.
Since the arrest, three Canadians have been detained in China.
China has threatened Canada over the arrest. The two countries have been trying to work toward a free trade agreement.