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Government will not complain about Chinese navy ship near Australian waters

The Prime Minister says the government had been aware of a Chinese navy ship that was in waters off the Australian coast recently, adding it did not break international law.Key points:The ship travelled through the Torres Strait and down the eastern coastlineIt was not in Australian territorial watersScott Morrison said the the ship’s presence highlighted tensions in the regionSpeaking on Adelaide radio station 5AA, said the ship was in Australia’s economic zone.”They can be in those areas just like we can be in the South Sea,” he said.Home Affairs Minister confirmed the government monitored the ship as it travelled through the Torres Strait and down the eastern coastline.”In this case, that particular vessel was in our exclusive economic zone, not in territorial waters as such, but we actually do respect the right of sovereign nations to behave in a manner that is lawful,” she said.No formal complaint or protest will be made about the ship.In a statement, a Department of Defence spokesperson said Defence was aware the People’s Liberation Army ship Yuhengxing operated off the east coast in August this year.Mr Morrison said the ship’s presence showed the nature of the geo-political tensions in the Indo- region.”People are not making this up,” he said.Chinese spy ship returns off QueenslandA spy ship from China is spotted approaching Australia as Defence gears up for its largest war-fighting exercise.Read more”It does mean that Australia has to be on its guard and Australia has to stand up to those who want to coerce us … and slap trade sanctions on things like our wine, and our government is standing up to that.”That was echoed by Defence Minister on Channel , who pointed to the fact that another Chinese surveillance ship travelled near Queensland in July to monitor Australian and US military exercises. “[The ship] will be involved in intelligence collection, signals collection,” he said.”They’ll be looking to survey different attributes and have that general presence — let us know that they’re there.”It was a prolonged [time] that they were very close to Australian waters off the east coast, unusually.”I think it’s right people have a clear picture of what’s going on.”