Chinese destroyer ignored requests to stay clear of effort to remove fishing nets from Australian frigate’s propellers, defense minister says
SYDNEY—Australia accused the Chinese navy of injuring some of its divers with sonar pulses during an operation near Japan, reigniting tensions between a key U.S. ally and Beijing just days after their leaders met to stabilize ties.
The Australian divers were attempting to remove fishing nets from the propellers of HMAS Toowoomba, a long-range frigate, on Tuesday when they were targeted by a sonar from a Chinese naval destroyer, said Australia’s acting Prime Minister Richard Marles.
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