Australia terms China laser incident ‘intimidation’
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The ship was one of two Chinese navy vessels sailing through waters off Australia's northern coast on Thursday when it illuminated a surveillance aircraft in an incident that had "the potential to endanger lives," the defence department said.
Australia's Defence Minister Peter Dutton echoed his concerns, saying it was "a very aggressive act".
"I think the Chinese government is hoping that nobody talks about these aggressive bullying acts," Dutton told Sky News on Sunday.
According to the defence ministry, the ships were sailing east through the Arafura Sea, just north of Australia.
The Chinese government has not responded to the allegations from Australia.