China’s intelligence gathering ship being spotted close to the venue of an Australian naval exercise is part of its rights of freedom of navigation, Beijing has claimed.
"China's navy vessels and aircraft have freedom of navigation and overflight in non-sovereign international maritime regions just like any other country," an article in state-controlled Global Times newspaper said quoting Chinese defense ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said on Monday.
He made the remarks in response to questions on the Chinese navy's recent appearances and operations in waters near the US, the UK and Australia at a press conference about the development of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday in Beijing.
China's current military operations around the globe, such as joint naval drills with Russia in the Baltic Sea and a PLA navy's intelligence vessel's voyage close to the northeast coast of Australia, have drawn global attention, an article in Beijing-controlled Global Times said.
In the recent past, US and allied ships have sailed close to South China Sea islands which China claims is part of its territory, citing ‘freedom of navigation’ rights. By sending an intelligence ship close to an area where a close US ally, Australia was conducting a naval exercise, China seems to be sending a ‘don’t mess with me’ message.
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China is deploying a network of underwater gliders to help it track the movement and activities of foreign submarines in the disputed South China Sea. While China says it has sovereignty over the whole South China Sea, the US and some of its allies have been conducting ship, air and submarine patrols in the area claiming freedom of navigation
Australia has refused to connect undersea communications cable to Solomon Islands after the latter awarded a contract to set up the cable system to controversial Chinese firm Huawei. The Australian government had been in discussions with the Solomons government about the project for "a number of months", Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement Fairfax Media reported Wednesday
Russian and Chinese warships held gun firing exercises in the Baltic Sea Tuesday as part of the "Joint Sea 2017" naval drills. The Joint Sea 2017 drills commenced Saturday and will last until July 28, Xinhua reported Wednesday
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