The Liberals have been speaking about the Chinese submarine a lot this morning.
The PM was on Adelaide radio this morning when he was asked about it – he said the government would not make a complaint and that it highlighted the rising tensions in the Pacific.
“People are not making this up,” he said.
“It does mean that Australia has to be on its guard and Australia has to stand up to those who want to coerce us … and slap trade sanctions on things like our wine, and our government is standing up to that.”
Peter Dutton was also talking about it on Channel Nine – he said that this ship would be doing surveillance.
“[The ship] will be involved in intelligence collection, signals collection,” he said.
“They’ll be looking to survey different attributes and have that general presence – let us know that they’re there.
“It was a prolonged [time] that they were very close to Australian waters off the east coast, unusually.
“I think it’s right people have a clear picture of what’s going on.”
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