Scott Morrison responds following reports Chinese spy ships spent weeks off Australia’s coast

Scott Morrison responds following reports Chinese spy ships spent weeks off Australia’s coast

The prime minister has spoken publicly following reports a Chinese spy ship recently spent three weeks off Australia’s coast. It’s understood the vessel - General Intelligence Ship Yuhengxing - entered Australia’s 200km exclusive economic zone near Darwin, transited through the Torres Strait and sailed as far down as Sydney in August and September. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the ship was in waters off the Australian coast and not in territorial waters, adding that it was legally allowed to be there under international maritime law just as Australia is allowed to sail through the South China Sea. “They were keeping a close eye on us, and we were keeping a close eye on them,” he told reporters in South Australia on Friday. Mr Morrison said the significant security issues in …
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