Interesting times a challenge for Australia

THE expression “May you live in interesting times” is often attributed to ancient Chinese philosophy, though this may not be strictly so.

One alternate view suggests it was British MP Austen Chamberlain whose Prime Minister brother Neville’s gullibility over German assurances led Britain into interesting times in 1939.

Last week China’s air force certainly created interesting times for an RAN Seahawk helicopter crew operating off HMAS Hobart in international waters in the Yellow Sea.

A Chinese Chengdu J-10 fighter jet released flares into the helicopter flight path, an act described as unsafe behaviour endangering the aircraft and crew.

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