A Chinese spy ship that has been closely tracked by the Australian Defence Force has now arrived off the coast of Queensland to monitor joint military exercises.
- Defence sources say the Chinese spy ship is staying just outside Australia’s territorial waters in the Coral Sea
- International interest is expected in Exercise Talisman Sabre war games involving Australian, US and Japanese militaries
- Spy ship is equipped with advanced communications systems for eavesdropping
Late last week the Chinese surveillance vessel began making its way south towards Australia ahead of the start of Exercise Talisman Sabre involving Australian, US and Japanese militaries.
Sources have told the ABC the spy ship has now reached Australia’s “exclusive economic zone” in the Coral Sea, but is staying outside territorial waters.
The Defence Department says it is expecting international interest in Exercise Talisman Sabre, but has referred questions about movements of Chinese vessels to Beijing.