A Chinese spy ship has been shadowed by the Australia Defence Department as it approached Queensland. The PM has said he’s “very wary”.
It’s back. A Chinese spy ship has once again entered Australian waters to monitor our largest international war-games. And it’s using the same laws challenging Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea to do so.
The Australian Defence Department says the Type 815 intelligence vessel Tianwangxing (Uranus) was shadowed by the patrol boat HMAS Childers and surveillance aircraft as it approached Queensland. It is expected to arrive off the coast Friday.
It’s here to eavesdrop on the 2021 Talisman Sabre war-games – a large-scale simulated amphibious assault operation involving the United States, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Radio 2SM this morning that he was “very wary” of the ship’s presence.
“We wouldn’t be watching them if we weren’t. Of course we’re watching them. And they’re watching us. The law of the sea says we can be up in the South China Sea. And so we simply say that we think the same tolerances and the same appreciation of those international laws should apply.”