A British Royal Navy warship challenged China’s disputed territorial claims by sailing close to islands in the South China Sea, it has been revealed.
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China dispatched a frigate and two helicopters to challenge the vessel, but both sides remained calm during the encounter last month, one of the sources said.
The other said the Albion did not enter the territorial seas around any features in the hotly disputed region, but demonstrated that Britain does not recognize excessive maritime claims around the Paracel Islands.
Twelve nautical miles are considered an internationally recognised territorial limit.
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The HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, exercised its “freedom of navigation” rights as it passed near the Paracel Islands, Reuters reported, citing two sources.