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AustraliaAustralian ships tailed by Chinese military in South China Sea

14:06  27 may  2019
14:06  27 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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THE AUSTRALIAN Navy was tailed by the Chinese military as they travelled towards Vietnam on the South Chinese Sea , near islands controversially Air Commodore Richard Owen said the Australian Group made two journeys through the South China Sea , where the Chinese military keeps a close

The Australian Navy was closely followed by the Chinese military in a recent transit of the South China Sea , near islands controversially claimed by The ABC can reveal the Australians were closely tailed by the Chinese military earlier this month as they made their way towards Vietnam, and as the.

The Australian Navy was closely followed by the Chinese military in a recent transit of the South China Sea, near islands controversially claimed by Beijing.

Defence confirmed it had a "professional" and "friendly" interaction with the People's Liberation Army during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, an ADF regional engagement mission which wrapped up today.

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HMAS Canberra has anchored at Darwin, ending a three-month-long tour of seven Asian nations involving three other Australian warships, aircraft and more than 1,200 defence personnel.

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The ABC can reveal the Australians were closely tailed by the Chinese military earlier this month as they made their way towards Vietnam, and as the Task Group departed Cam Ranh port.

China recently completed a massive military drill in the South China Sea , where its claims are hotly disputed by Vietnam as The Australian navy ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success are on a three-month deployment in south -east Asia, which will involve exercises with a number of countries in the

Air Commodore Richard Owen spoke to the ABC on board the Task Group's flagship HMAS Canberra after she arrived in the Top End.

He said the Australian Task Group made two transits through the South China Sea, where the Chinese military keeps a close eye on international visitors who pass through the contested waters.

"It is controversial, we were quite aware of that," Air Commodore Owen said.

"We transited north and south through the South China Sea in international waters and we were engaged, as we normally are, by other navies."

The ABC can reveal the Australians were closely tailed by the Chinese military earlier this month as they made their way towards Vietnam, and as the Task Group departed Cam Ranh port.

"We were sensitive to all navy interactions, we train for that, we're aware of how they will behave and how we behave, so I had no extra worries about it at all, I was confident in the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy and the ADF," Commodore Owen said.

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The ABC can reveal the Australians were closely tailed by the Chinese military earlier this month as they made their way towards Vietnam, and as the Task Group departed Cam Ranh port.

Earlier in the week, a Royal Australian Navy helicopter pilot said, as quoted by the Associated Press, that he had been hit by a laser during the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 in the disputed South China Sea .

"They'll want to know who we are, where we're going and what our intentions are, and the Chinese were no different — they were friendly, they were professional."

Last year the ABC revealed three Australian warships were also challenged by the Chinese military as they made their way to Vietnam for a three-day goodwill visit in Ho Chi Minh city.

During this year's Indo-Pacific Endeavour mission, HMAS Canberra was joined by HMAS Success, HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Parramatta, as well as embarked MH-60R maritime combat helicopters and MRH-90 maritime support helicopters.

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