Beijing Protests UK Naval “Incursion”

September 7, 2018 – Beijing expressed strong dissatisfaction on Thursday after a naval vessel from the United Kingdom sailed into territorial waters off China’s Xisha Islands, with China urging an immediate cessation of such provocative actions. Reuters reported that HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship, passed near the Xisha Islands on August 31 on its way to Vietnam. “HMS Albion exercised her rights for freedom of navigation in full compliance with international law and norms,” Reuters cited a spokesman for the Royal Navy as saying. The warship illegally entered territorial…

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China warns U.S. warship to leave after it sails near Xisha Islands

Chinese warships have warned a U.S. Navy destroyer (USS Chafee) to leave after it sailed close to Xisha Islands in South China Sea during a so-called “freedom of navigation” operation, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. The islands are an inherent part of the Chinese territory, said spokesperson for the ministry Hua Chunying, noting that Beijing has lodged solemn representations with the U.S. side over the incident. Beijing strongly urged Washington to respect China’s sovereignty and security interest, the spokesperson stressed, adding that the Chinese side will continue…

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China on high alert for Japan’s “military move”

 March 23, 2017 (Xinhua) – China said on Thursday it is on high alert for Japan’s true intentions as the Japanese helicopter-carrier destroyer Kaga went into service on Wednesday. According to Japanese media reports, the 19,500-tonne Kaga will be used for surveillance. “The situation in the South China Sea is stable through the joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries. China and its neighbors will never allow Japan to make trouble,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. In recent years, Japan has played up the so-called “China threat,” as an excuse for expanding its military,…

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