Chinese craft ships spend three weeks lurking off the coast of Australia-passing through important military bases
- A Chinese craft ship was found lurking off the Australian coast for three weeks
- The ship entered the special economic zone off Darwin and went south.
- The ship passed Queensland and Sydney before heading to New Zealand
A Chinese craft ship was found lurking off the coast of Australia for three weeks, passing through several major military bases.
The Type 815 spy ship entered the 200km exclusive economic zone off Darwin in August.
The ship is equipped with advanced antenna and radar technology that can monitor defenses. China used them to spy on Taiwan.
The ship ventured south, traveled along the east coast, and then passed through “one of Australia’s major military training areas” in Shoalwater Bay, Queensland.
A Chinese craft ship was found lurking on the Australian coast for three weeks, passing through several major military bases (pictured, used by China to monitor military exercises between Australia and the United States). Surveillance ship)
China frequently sent surveillance vessels to Australia to monitor Talisman Saber military exercises with the United States in 2017, 2019 and July 2021 (photo).
He then moved off the coast to Sydney after passing through several training areas used by the Royal Australian Air Force.
The ship then crossed Tasman to New Zealand in September.
Defense sources claim they were surprised at the arrival of the ship, the Daily Telegraph reported.
China has frequently sent surveillance vessels to Australia to monitor Talisman Saber military exercises with the United States in 2017, 2019 and July 2021.
On the eve of the 2019 Tiananmen Square Incident, three Chinese warships also sailed to Sydney Port without notice.
Defense sources said recent visits were rare because no military exercises had taken place.
Route followed by a Chinese craft ship (above)
Foreign vessels are allowed to navigate the Exclusive Economic Zone, but must not come within 12 nautical miles of the coast.
The Type 815 spy ship was hidden behind the Australian naval vessel HMAS Supply.
A defense spokesperson said their ship was under close scrutiny.
“Australia monitors all vessels operating in our maritime (region),” said a spokesman.
“Australia supports and respects the right of all states to exercise legal freedom of navigation on the high seas, just as we expect to respect that right.”
On the eve of the 2019 Tiananmen Square Incident, three Chinese warships also sailed to Sydney Port without notice (photo).
Ship sightings come as tensions continue to rise between Australia and China
Ship sightings occur as tensions continue to rise between Australia and China.
China’s ambassador to Australia, Xining Wang, called Australia a “naughty man” in an interview with Guardian Australia about the AUKUS agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom.
He accused Australia of being a “saber-wielder” and warned against “doing something that would destroy our relationship.”
Defense Minister Peter Dutton labeled the comment as “very ridiculous.”
Chargé d’Affaires said he was reading the Communist Party script.
“I haven’t seen it here from other Australian ambassadors. It’s very noteworthy,” the minister told Nine Network on Friday.
“This provocative kind of comical statement-really, it’s funny because it’s so ridiculous.
“Most Australians see the unproductive nature of comments and should be rejected in the process.”
Defense Minister Peter Dutton has labeled his comments “very ridiculous” in response to a statement released by China’s deputy Chargé d’Affaires to Australia, Wang Xining.
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