Beijing Slams London After UK Warship Spotted in South China Sea – Reports

Asia & Pacific

The Chinese government slammed “provocative actions” by the UK after the appearance of a British HMS Albion Warship off the Paracel Islands.

The HMS Albion, the British Royal Navy amphibious flagship, passed the Paracel Islands in recent days, the sources told Reuters. The warship was on its way to Ho Chi Minh City, where it docked on Monday, following the deployment in and around Japan.

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According to Reuters’ sources, China dispatched a frigate and two helicopters to challenge the vessel yet both sides did not interfere with each other as the warship didn’t enter the territorial waters. The sources said that the action by Albion was meant to demonstrate that Britain does not recognize excessive maritime claims around the Paracel Islands.

The Paracel Islands are under the dispute between China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying that the British Navy ship had entered Chinese territorial waters on August, 31 without permission and was warned by the Chinese navy to leave.

“The relevant actions by the British ship violated Chinese law and relevant international law and infringed on China’s sovereignty. China strongly opposes this and has lodged stern representations with the British side to express strong dissatisfaction,” the ministry added, saying that China…

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