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BEIJING — China on Friday denied allegations that its forces targeted U.S. military aircraft with high-powered lasers near China’s military base in Djibouti, resulting in minor injuries to two pilots.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had informed the U.S. that “after strict verification, we have told the U.S. side that what they alleged is absolutely untrue.”

The Defense Ministry issued a similar denial, saying it had refuted the accusations from the American side through formal channels.

The article goes on to state the following:

“China always strictly abides by international law and the law of the country of residency and is committed to maintaining regional security and stability,” said the statement posted to the ministry’s microblog.

The U.S. issued a formal complaint to the Chinese government over the use of lasers that targeted aircraft on several occasions in the last few weeks. The Pentagon said the incidents represent a serious threat to U.S. airmen, and that the U.S. asked China to investigate.

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