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Mr. Bowe said base commanders were warned two weeks before the murders that Jan was a danger, yet they did not act.

CHINA’S ‘ODD’ SPY SHIP

Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, this week called China’s dispatch of a spy ship near Hawaii “a little odd.”

However, Adm. Locklear said the “good news” about the AGI, as electronic listening ships are called, is that China has accepted the legitimate right of nations to conduct intelligence-gathering within the 230-mile exclusive economic zone around a nation’s territory.

China has demanded that all U.S. military flights and ships that conduct electronic surveillance against China leave its exclusion zones.

The four-star admiral said the AGI spying on the Rim of the Pacific exercises, which China’s navy joined for the first time this year, is “an acceptance by the Chinese of what we’ve been saying to them for some time: that military operations and survey operations in another country’s EEZs, where you have national — your own national security interest, are within international law and are acceptable.”

But Adm. Locklear noted: “The introduction of the AGI kind of made it look a little odd, but it hasn’t stopped the exercise and it hasn’t created any difficulties in the exercise.”

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