The Chinese government has cautioned Finland and Estonia about the ongoing investigation into damage to an undersea pipeline in the Baltic Sea.
It comes after Finnish police revealed that a Hong Kong-registered ship called the NewNew Polar Bear was in the area when the pipeline was damaged.
China has now called for an “objective, fair and professional” investigation into the damage.
“It is understood that the Chinese vessel was on route at the time of the incident, and no abnormalities were found,” Mao Ning, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, told reporters on Monday, October 23.
Meanwhile Sweden has also reported that an undersea telecommunications cable, which runs under the Baltic Sea to Estonia, has been partially damaged. Swedish authorities believe it to have happened at the same time as the damage to the pipeline.
The NewNew Polar Bear vessel was also in the same area when the damage is understood to have happened to the Swedish pipeline.