China promises spy ship accusations are ‘fear mongering’

China has labelled Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton’s statements about a spy ship off the coastline of Western Australia as “fear mongering” and “sensational”.

The ship was tracked alongside the shoreline for the previous 7 days and was noticed on Friday heading north about 250 nautical miles off Broome in WA’s north, according to Defence Minister Peter Dutton.

He reported the vessel was there to obtain intelligence “right together the coastline” and labelled it an “aggressive act”.

But China’s Overseas Minister Zhao Lijian advised reporters at a day-to-day briefing the place often follows international legislation.

“The Australian politician concerned really should look at the predicament with objectivity and calm, in its place of making sensational reviews aimed at anxiety mongering,” he advised reporters.

Peter Dutton spoke about the Chinese spy ship off the coast of Western Australia.Digital camera IconPeter Dutton spoke about the Chinese spy ship off the coast of Western Australia. Credit rating: News Corp Australia, Sky News

Mr Dutton explained the ship was in proximity to military and intelligence installations and that Australian authorities have been monitoring the ship.

He also labelled the problem as “unprecedented”.

The romance with Beijing has been strained right after the Chinese authorities signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands.

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