According to Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton, The Australian Defense Force (ADF) has been tracking a Chinese surveillance ship off the coast of Western Australia since last week. The spy ship was spotted near a top-secret naval communications station that supports submarines of US and Australian defence allies.
According to Dutton, the spy ship, also known as the Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) vessel, was under extensive surveillance by the ADF when it sailed through the Harold E Holt naval station at Exmouth.
“Of course, the goal is to gather intelligence along the shoreline. It was close to military and intelligence installations on Australia’s west coast,” ABC quoted Dutton as saying, ” Australia’s official broadcaster.
“I think people appreciate the challenge, the reality, of the Chinese leadership and the government’s aggression in the Indo-Pacific at this time,” Dutton said. May 21 federal election.
He said Australians have a right to know what is happening. The Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has taken action that could put Australia’s security at risk for the second time. The Australian government confirmed that a Chinese Navy ship had fired a laser at an Australian defence aircraft earlier this year.