British Navy send a warship to challenge Beijing’s in South China Sea

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  • A British warship will sail through the South China
    Sean next month to challenge Beijing’s claims to the
    international waters.
  • The move is likely to stoke tensions with China, who
    have claimed the area and built military facitlities on
    artificial islands in the sea.
  • Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam
    also have claims to the energy-rich sea that carries billion of
    dollars in trade.

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A British warship will sail through the South
China Sea next month to assert freedom-of-navigation rights,
British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said in remarks
published on Tuesday.

British officials first flagged the voyage six months ago and the
journey is likely to stoke tensions with China, who claim control
of most of the area and have built military facilities on land
features in the sea. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan
and Vietnam also have claims to the energy-rich sea that carries
billion of dollars in trade.

The frigate HMS Sutherland will sail through the region after a
visit to Australia, Williamson said in an interview with The
Australian newspaper.

“She’ll be sailing through the South China Sea (on the way home)
and making it clear our navy has a right to do that,” he said,
according to the newspaper.

Williamson did not specify whether it would sail within 12
nautical miles of any disputed territory, according to the paper.
Several U.S. Navy ships have made their own freedom-of-navigation
journeys that drew stern rebukes from Beijing.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng
Shuang said he was aware of the comments.

“All countries in accordance with international law enjoy freedom
of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea. There is no
disagreement on this,” Geng said.

“The situation on the South China Sea is also improving with each
day. We hope all relevant sides especially those outside the
region can respect the efforts made by regional countries,” he
added.

“Like I said last week, currently the South China Sea is calm and
tranquil and we hope relevant sides don’t try to create trouble
out of nothing.”

In the interview, Williamson also encouraged Australia to “do
more” in a region where it has conducted surveillance flights,
but not freedom-of-navigation voyages of its own.


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“The U.S. is looking for other countries to do more. This is a
great opportunity for the UK and Australia to do more, to
exercise leadership,” he said.

China’s construction of islands and military facilities in the
South China Sea has prompted international condemnation, amid
concern Beijing is seeking to restrict free movement and extend
its strategic reach.

The Association of South East Asian Nations is hoping to expedite
negotiations with China on a code of conduct for the South China
Sea, Singapore’s defense minister said last week.

However, the initial talks have failed to reach a consensus on
making the code binding which has already raised concerns as to
its effectiveness.

 



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