Chinese spy ship spotted off Darwin coast as presence described as ‘unusual’

Chinese SPY SHIP spotted lurking off Australia’s coast for three weeks – past some of the country’s most crucial military training bases

  • A Chinese spy ship was spotted lurking off the Australian coast for three weeks
  • Ship entered the economic zone off the coast of Darwin and traveled south
  • The ship passed through Queensland and Sydney before heading for New Zealand










A Chinese spy ship was seen lurking off the Australian coast for three weeks, passing several major military bases.

The Dongdiao-class spy ship entered the 200km exclusive economic zone off the coast of Darwin in August.

The ships are equipped with advanced antennas and radar technology that allow them to monitor the defenses. China has used them to spy on Taiwan.

The ship ventured south and sailed along the east coast before passing ‘one of Australia’s premier military training areas’ at Shoalwater Bay, Queensland.

A Chinese spy ship was spotted lurking off the Australian coast for three weeks, passing several major military bases (photo, surveillance ship used by China to monitor military exercises between Australia and the United States)

China has regularly sent guard ships to Australia and followed the Talisman Saber's military exercises with the United States in 2017, 2019 and July 2021 (pictured)

China has regularly sent guard ships to Australia and followed the Talisman Saber’s military exercises with the United States in 2017, 2019 and July 2021 (pictured)

It then passed several training areas used by the Royal Australian Airforce before traveling offshore to Sydney.

The ship then traveled across the Tasman and to New Zealand in September.

Defense sources say they were surprised by the ship’s arrival, the Daily Telegraph reported.

China has regularly sent guard ships to Australia and followed the Talisman Saber’s military exercises with the United States in 2017, 2019 and July 2021.

Three Chinese warships also entered Sydney Harbor unannounced on the eve of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 2019.

A defense source described the most recent visit as unusual because no military exercises took place.

Foreign ships may enter the exclusive economic zone, but may not enter within 12 nautical miles of the coast.

The Dongdiao-class spy ship was shadowed by the Australian naval boat HMAS Supply.

A Defense spokesman said the ship had been closely monitored.

“Australia is monitoring all ships operating in our maritime (area),” the spokesperson said.

“Australia supports and respects the rights of all states to exercise the lawful freedom of navigation … in international waters, just as we expect them to respect our right to do so.”

Three Chinese warships also enter Sydney Harbor unannounced on the eve of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 2019 (pictured)

Three Chinese warships also enter Sydney Harbor unannounced on the eve of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 2019 (pictured)

Ship sighting comes as tensions between Australia and China continue to mount

Ship sighting comes as tensions between Australia and China continue to mount

The ship’s sighting comes as tensions between Australia and China continue to mount.

China’s acting ambassador to Australia Wang Xining called Australia the “naughty guy” in an interview with Guardian Australia about the AUKUS pact with the United States and the United Kingdom.

He accused Australia of being a ‘saber-bearer’ and warned it against ‘doing anything that could be destructive to our relationship’.

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton called the comments “so stupid it’s funny”.

Dutton said the acting ambassador read a script from the Communist Party.

“We don’t see (this) from any other ambassador here in Australia. Remarkable,” the minister told the Nine Network on Friday.

“These provocative kind of comedic statements – really, it’s so stupid it’s funny.

“Most Australians see through the unproductive nature of the comments and they should be rejected in that vein.”

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton labeled the comments

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton labeled the comments “so silly it’s funny” after the statement by Wang Xining, China’s acting ambassador to Australia.

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