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Australia Kept ‘Close Eye’ on China Spy Ship, Morrison Says

  • Dongdaio-class ship sighted at Australian coast in Aug., Sept.
  • Tensions between Australia, China show little sign of easing
Scott Morrison 

Scott Morrison 

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned the presence of a Chinese spy ship off Australia’s coast showed there was “a very serious situation in the Indo-Pacific,” as tensions between the two countries show no sign of waning.

The Dongdaio-class vessel had been detected circling Australia’s coast in August and September for three weeks, collecting intelligence from military installations, the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.