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British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender in the Bosphorus Strait. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik

British Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender, followed by Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Evertsen, sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 2, 2021. REUTERS/Yoruk Isik

Chinese Fighter Jets Approached Dutch Ship ‘Unsafely’, Netherlands Says

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June 8, 2024

AMSTERDAM, June 8 (Reuters) – Chinese air force jets circled a Dutch frigate and approached a Dutch helicopter in the East China Sea in a way that “caused a potentially unsafe situation,” the Netherlands’ Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

In a statement, the Ministry said the HNLMS Tromp was patrolling on Friday in support of U.N. sanctions against North Korea when it was circled several times by two Chinese fighter jets.

Later, the ship’s NH90 helicopter was approached by two Chinese fighter jets and a helicopter.

“The incident took place in international airspace,” the ministry said.

The Tromp is heading for Japan next and then to Hawaii for the “Rim of the Pacific” naval exercises.

(Reporting by Toby SterlingEditing by Tomasz Janowski)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2024.

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