China is stepping up the use of intelligence-gathering ships to spy on U.S. and allied targets and last year secretly monitored an American missile defense test near Alaska, according to the Pentagon.

The Pentagon’s latest annual report on the Chinese military for the first time outlined China’s increased use of intelligence ships, known as AGIs, for spying.

The AGI deployments indicate the ships are operating further from Chinese shores and also violating other nations’ exclusive economic zones, or EEZs, a designation under the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention that China signed.

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