Malaysia protests ‘suspicious’ Chinese air force activity over South China Sea

Ambassador to be summoned after 16 Chinese planes allegedly flew into Malaysian air space off Borneo

The foreign ministry of Malaysia has said it would summon China’s envoy to explain an “intrusion” by 16 air force planes into its airspace, after the south-east Asian country’s military detected “suspicious” activity over the South China Sea.

Malaysia’s air force said it scrambled jets on Monday after the planes flew within 60 nautical miles off Sarawak state of Malaysian Borneo. It described the incident as a “serious threat to national sovereignty and flight safety”.

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