Chinese spy ship spotted off Australia’s coast, federal government confirms
The federal government has confirmed a Chinese military vessel recently spent three weeks off the coast of Australia.
The Yuhengxing spy ship is understood to have entered Australia’s 200km exclusive economic zone near Darwin in August and September.
It then sailed south as far as Sydney, passing a number of important military areas, before heading across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told Sunrise Australian officials “closely monitored” the ship.
“I can certainly confirm that there was a Chinese military vessel operating off the east coast of Australia that had transited through the Torres Strait,” she said on Tuesday.
It is legal for foreign vessels to enter another country’s exclusive economic zone, as long as they do not come within 12 nautical miles.
“Whilst this …
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