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Canadian Defense Minister Bill Blair on Friday slammed Chinese fighter jets' second "significantly unsafe" intercept in two weeks of Canadian aircraft patrolling the Pacific.

Blair said at a news conference that a Chinese fighter jet on October 29 twice flew close to a Canadian Cyclone helicopter near the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea, and on the second flyby fired flares "directly in front" of the helicopter.

There was "little separation" between the fighter jet and the helicopter, he said.

"The actions of the People's Republic of China fighter jet were deemed to be significantly unsafe, and we'll express our concerns to the People's Republic of China about that."

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