|Posted by Conspiracy Cafe on September 9, 2018 at 9:20 AM|
UK and China naval ships have squared off against each other in a tense standoff as Beijing warns the British to back off.
By Anthony Blair / Published 6th September 2018
“The Chinese side strongly urges the British side to immediately stop such kinds of provocative actions”
Chinese Foreign Ministry
The HMS Albion, a 22,000-tonne amphibious warship full of Royal Marines, passed next to the Paracel Islands — an area of disputed land in the South China Sea.
Brit Royal Navy forces said it carried out the operations to challenge China's supposed superiority in the region, and to demonstrate its "freedom of navigation" rights.
A naval source said the ship — which was on its way to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — was challenging Beijing's "excessive claims" in the region.
China's Foreign Ministry issued a furious ultimatum, warning the British ships to leave the area at once.
In a statement, it said: "The Chinese side strongly urges the British side to immediately stop such kinds of provocative actions."
A Royal Navy spokesman said: "HMS Albion exercised her rights for freedom of navigation in full compliance with international law and norms."
In retaliation, China dispatched a frigate and two military helicopters to confront the HMS Albion.
Britain does not recognise China's claims on the Paracel Islands and the US has also carried out Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) in the South China Sea.
Operation Albion was the codename for the German air, land and naval operation in October 1917 to occupy the West Estonian Archipelago, part of the Autonomous Governorate of Estonia, Russian Republic. The land campaign opened with landings at the Tagalaht, Saaremaa on 12 October 1917, after extensive naval operations to clear mines and subdue coastal artillery batteries. The Germans secured the island by 16 October and the Russian Army evacuated Muhu on 20 October.
Interesting Twilight language here.
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