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AustraliaChinese spy ship staying just outside Australia's territorial waters ahead of Talisman Sabre war games

03:40  12 july  2019
03:40  12 july  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Chinese spy ship heading towards Australia to monitor joint war games off Queensland

Chinese spy ship heading towards Australia to monitor joint war games off Queensland The Australian Defence Force is closely tracking a high-tech Chinese spy ship as it makes its way towards Australia ahead of this month's Talisman Sabre war games on the Queensland coast, with the vessel expected to closely monitor the joint exercises outside Australian waters.

A Chinese spy ship is believed to be sailing toward the massive Talisman Saber exercises involving American, Australian , and Japanese troops. The Australian military is monitoring a Chinese surveillance vessel believed to have been sent to spy on the Talisman Saber war games being held

The Australian Defence Force is closely tracking a high-tech Chinese spy ship as it approaches Australia ahead of this month' s Talisman Sabre war games on the Queensland coast. "This year' s Talisman Sabre involves the Japanese Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, which was created

Chinese spy ship staying just outside Australia's territorial waters ahead of Talisman Sabre war games© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation The Auxiliary General Intelligence ship is designed to eavesdrop on other militaries. (Supplied)

A Chinese spy ship that has been closely tracked by the Australian Defence Force has now arrived off the coast of Queensland to monitor joint military exercises.

Late last week a Chinese surveillance vessel began making its way south towards Australia ahead of the start of Exercise Talisman Sabre involving Australian, US and Japanese militaries.

Sources have told the ABC the spy ship has now reached Australia's "exclusive economic zone" in the Coral Sea, but is staying outside territorial waters.

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Australia and China are also competing for influence in the South Pacific, a sparsely populated region that control vast swathes of resource rich oceans. News of the Chinese surveillance ship approaching Australia follows the unannounced arrival of three Chinese vessels in Sydney last month

A large Chinese navy surveillance ship sailing towards Australia is expected to monitor war games on the Queensland coast involving the US and Britain. Defence chiefs said that they expected the ship to position itself just outside Australian territorial waters to monitor major military exercises with the

The Defence Department says it is expecting international interest in Exercise Talisman Sabre, but has referred questions about movements of Chinese vessels to Beijing.

The Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) is fitted with advanced communications systems designed to eavesdrop on other militaries, and is the same class of vessel that the ABC revealed had been monitoring the 2017 Talisman Sabre war games.

Up to 25,000 military personnel, mainly from the United States and Australia, are taking part in this year's war games, which are focused on planning and conducting mid-intensity "high-end" warfighting.

Defence sources believe the Chinese are particularly interested in how its Maritime Self-Defence Force operates with the ADF and the United States.

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The Chinese ship remained outside Australian territorial waters but was inside the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone in the Coral Sea, it said. "The vessel’ s presence has not detracted from the exercise objectives. Australia respects the rights of all states to exercise freedom of navigation in

The Australian military believes that a Chinese spy ship is going to monitor the biennial Talisman Sabre war games with the United States from outside Australia ’ s territorial waters . China ’s Type 815G Dongdiao-class Auxiliary General Intelligence ship was believed to be north of Papua New

"This year's Talisman Sabre involves the Japanese Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, which was created last year primarily as a response option for potential Chinese incursion in the Senkaku Islands", a military official told the ABC, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

"Their capability and interoperability with Australia and the United States will be of interest to Beijing."

Lieutenant General Greg Bilton would not comment on exactly how the ADF would respond to the presence of the ship.

"I'm not going to go into operational details, but we'll just take appropriate actions in regards to that vessel," he said.

"It's a vessel that collects information, so it's not a great threat but we'll take appropriate action."

Just last month three Chinese warships caught locals by surprise after arriving in Sydney Harbour for a visit which was not publicly announced in advance by the Australian Government.

In May, the ABC revealed the Australian Navy had been closely followed by the Chinese military during a recent transit of the South China Sea, near islands controversially claimed by Beijing.

The Defence Force later confirmed that Australian Navy pilots had been targeted by laser attacks in the disputed waters, with Chinese maritime militia vessels believed to be responsible.

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