/ 14 July 2021

China watches on

Huge war games kick off today with Northern Australia playing host to military personnel from the US, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Kiwiland and the UK. Talisman Sabre 2021 has been scaled back thanks to COVID but has been partially responsible for the influx of American defence personnel to Oz in the last few weeks. And you get the sense China feels left out… Overnight, the ABC reported that a Chinese spy ship is approaching our east coast via the Torres Strait to keep an eye on things, just as it has done for previous exercises with our allies. “We fully expected a ship of this class to arrive in our region during the exercise and have planned for its presence, as we do for every iteration,” Defence Minister Peter Dutton said. You don’t need to launch your own covert monitoring operation – you can follow the war games via its Twitter feed

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