The Chinese government has provided a stern response to the claims of Australia’s Defence Minister Peter Dutton that a hi-tech Chinese spy ship’s journey off the coast of Western Australia was an ‘act of aggression’.
On Friday Mr Dutton told a press conference that the Type 815 vessel bristling with the latest electronic surveillance equipment has been tracking ‘close’ to Australia’s west coast for the last week or so.
The Dongdiao Class Auxiliary Intelligence ship was sighted at 0600 hrs on Friday morning, 250 nautical miles north-west of Broome and tracking north-east at 12 knots.
‘It’s strange timing and it’s without precedent a vessel would be so far south,’ Mr Dutton said. ‘It is an aggressive act. Clearly, its intention is to gather intelligence.’
But Chinese Foreign Ministry…
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