Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Malaysia accuses China of ‘breach’ of its airspace

- Sutirtho Patranobis letters@hindustant­imes.com

BEIJING: China on Wednesday said its fighter jets didn’t violate Malaysia’s airspace and was exercising freedom of overflight. Malaysia had earlier said it will summon the Chinese ambassador to protest over an intrusion by 16 Chinese military aircraft into its airspace.

On Monday, Malaysia’s armed forces said they had detected “suspicious” activities in the sky over its administer­ed area in the disputed South China Sea.

Malaysia’s air force said it had detected 16 Chinese PLA planes flying within 60 nautical miles off Sarawak state of Malaysian Borneo, calling it a “suspicious” activity over the South China Sea and a “serious threat to national sovereignt­y and flight safety”, according to a Reuters report.

Xi: China’s global image needs to be ‘reliable’

President Xi Jinping has said China must improve the way it tells its “stories” to the world, urging officials to build an image of the country that is “reliable, admirable and respectabl­e”.

Beijing, Xi said, should be open, confident, humble and expand its circle of friends.

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