China’s air force intrusion must be met with the strongest diplomatic response, says Patriot

Security veteran’s group disapproves of the federal government’s delayed response yesterday when China intruded into the Malaysian airspace. The group said that Malaysia should have responded with the strongest diplomatic response.

In conjunction with the reported intrusion of 16 People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) into the Malaysian Maritime Zone (MMZ), Patriot said that this violation of Malaysia’s sovereign territory is only the latest intrusion of China among its long line of violations.

According to Patriot, the federal government does not seem to view the intrusion of China with appropriate gravity since the government only issued an official response following the public announcement of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) regarding the intrusion. “Otherwise, a senior minister of the National Security Council or the foreign minister should have already issued a statement within hours of the incident to register our strongest protest.

“Along with the strong statement of protest, a marching order for China’s Ambassador should have been issued,” Patriot said in a statement. Apart from that, Patriot also pointed out that the 16 air force planes from China had flown between 23,000 and 57,000 feet which is usually the altitude used for civil and commercial flights.

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