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China responds to Peter Dutton’s ‘sensational’ remarks about Chinese warship off WA

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson has responded to Defence Minister Peter Dutton stating a Chinese warship has been travelling along the WA coast on an intelligence-gathering mission, saying Beijing “always abides by international law”. Key points: Mr Dutton said the ship’s mission was “to collect intelligence right along the coastline” Zhao Lijian told reporters Peter Dutton’s remarks were “sensational” Australia’s already tense relationship with China has been strained further recently Peter Dutton said the ship had been tracked along the coastline for the past week and was sighted on Friday morning heading north, about 250 nautical miles from Broome in Western Australia. …