United Kingdom warship to sail through disputed South China Sea

by Abel Hampton February 16, 2018, 4:07
United Kingdom warship to sail through disputed South China Sea

"As the Royal Navy has been hit by news such as a leaky aircraft carrier and the United Kingdom government has a tight budget, it appears a hard mission for the Royal Navy to come all this way to provoke China", it wrote.

It's yet to be seen whether the HMS Sutherland will provoke a response from China, but recent history suggests it's likely. Seriously...? Do you guys really exist?

In 2016, the Communist Party's mouthpiece the Global Times launched a scathing attack on the Australian government after it made a decision to support an worldwide tribunal over the South China Sea.

Koh said that while he believed the British plan was "overhyped", and that the U.S. Navy would remain the "primary FONOP player", the Chinese reaction highlighted its fears that the South China Sea dispute could once again return to prominence in capitals across the globe.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned global powers should not make "trouble out of nothing".

"Both sides agreed to continue discussions on confidence-building measures to increase mutual trust and confidence and to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities in the South China Sea that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability", the statement said. The US infuriated Beijing last month by making its own freedom of navigation voyage within 12 nautical miles of the contested Scarborough Shoal.

"We have the right of freedom of navigation and we will exercise it", Fallon had added.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou was in the capital Manila on Tuesday to meet with his Philippine counterpart to discuss security issues in the South China Sea, and the two said that discussions over the Code would begin in early March.

"We've got to ensure that any form of malign intent is countered and we see increasing challenges - it's not just from China, it's from Russian Federation, it's from Iran - and we've got to be constantly making sure that our security measures, our critical national infrastructure is protected", he said.

But Williamson said in an interview with Australian media that the US would not be able to adequately focus on the issue alone, saying that Washington "was looking for other countries to do more".

"The US is asking other countries to do more" in this area, he told The Australian.

The trip was first announced six months ago, but is expected to increase tension between the United Kingdom and China, as the country claims it rules over the area.

Despite the foreign ministry's relatively mild comments, the British navy's actions could cause a rift in relations and lead to economic retaliation from Beijing, according to Shi Yinhong, professor of worldwide relations at Beijing's Renmin University. "If this happens, it would be really serious", Shi said.

".Both sides reaffirmed that contentious maritime issues are not the sum total of the Philippines-China bilateral relationship", the countries said in a joint statement released Tuesday.

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