Chi­nese spy ship found near Australia

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

A high-tech Chi­nese spy ship in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters off Australia’s north­ern coast has been mon­i­tor­ing joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises be­tween Australia and the U.S., the Aus­tralian de­fense force said.

“Australia de­fense can con­firm that a Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army-Navy Type 815 Dong­diao-class aux­il­iary gen­eral in­tel­li­gence ves­sel has been op­er­at­ing off the north­east coast of Australia,” the De­part­ment of De­fense said in an emailed state­ment on Satur­day. “The Chi­nese ves­sel has re­mained out­side Aus­tralian ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters but in­side the Aus­tralian ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone in the Coral Sea,” it said.

The al­lies’ reg­u­lar Ex­er­cise Tal­is­man Saber ex­er­cises were tak­ing place in the vicin­ity, it said, adding the ves­sel’s pres­ence had not de­tracted from the ex­er­cise ob­jec­tives.

AP/DANIEL CHAN

Ja­panese chil­dren in Shah Alam, Malaysia, dance Satur­day dur­ing the Bon Odori Fes­ti­val. Par­tic­i­pants, mostly Ja­panese peo­ple living in Malaysia, cel­e­brate the sum­mer fes­ti­val as a way to honor their an­ces­tors.

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