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China ship tracked ahead of U.S.-Australia drills

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China ship tracked ahead of U.S.-Australia drills

Australian defence officials said on Sunday (July 7) they were tracking a Chinese surveillance ship that is expected to position itself just outside of its territorial waters to monitor military exercises between Australia and the United States.

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China ship tracked ahead of U.S.-Australia drills

Australian defence officials said on Sunday (July 7) they were tracking a Chinese surveillance ship that is expected to position itself just outside of its territorial waters to monitor military exercises between Australia and the United States.

Around 25,000 Australian and U.S. military personnel on board battleships equipped with strike jets will over the next month participate in bi-annual Talisman Sabre war games.

Lieutenant General Greg Bilton, chief of joint operations at the Australian Defence Force, said the Chinese surveillance vessel was probably headed to Australia's northeast coast to get a first-hand look at the military exercises.

Relations between the United States and China have soured in recent months amid a trade war and perceived Chinese assertiveness in the Pacific, encapsulated by Beijing's artificial island building in the disputed South China Sea.

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