A Chinese military ship has been spying on war games off the Australian coast

Picture: US Navy

A Chinese spy ship has been observing Australian and US forces during war games off the Queensland coast this month.

The ABC has revealed that the high-tech intelligence ship from the People’s Liberation Army was spotted in international waters, but within Australia’s special economic zone, by Defence as the joint military exercise, Talisman Sabre, was underway.

An unnamed senior Australian military source told the ABC the monitoring by the Chinese was “unfriendly” and “provocative”

“The Chinese vessel has remained outside Australian territorial waters but inside the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone in the Coral Sea,” the Defence Department said.

“The vessel’s presence has not detracted from the exercise objectives.”

The ABC has more here.