China denies harassing US military aircraft with lasers

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The Chinese government has denied the claim of United States government that there were instances of Chinese military grade lasers interfering with US military aircraft landing in Djibouti.

“After thorough verification, we have explicitly told the US side that their so-called accusations are completely at odds with facts,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said on May 4.

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in statement that US claim is in “complete contradiction to the facts.”

“We have refuted the false accusations through official channels. The Chinese side has consistently abided by international law and the laws of the local country strictly, and is committed to safeguarding regional security and stability,” the Chinese MND said.

The Pentagon earlier said according to officials the beam is coming from a military grade laser, and that they are confident the Chinese are behind the incidents.

“Firing lasers at aircraft can blind aircrew members during critical moments of landing. In the incident where the minor injuries occurred, a C-130 was landing at the base when it was painted by a laser beam,” the Pentagon said.

“The aircraft managed to land safely, and the two aircrew members are recovering,” it added.

Sources: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1556810.shtml; http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/view/2018-05/04/content_8023698.htm; https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1511708/us-protests-chinese-interference-with-us-planes-in-djibouti/