Britain set to enforce MILITARY MIGHT over China by sailing through contested waters

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

BRITAIN’S HMS Sutherland will enforce its military might over after vowing to sail through the South China Sea in a move that could enrage China next month, it has been revealed.

Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson declared that the voyage from the Sutherland would demonstrate the UK’s freedom and navigation prowess.

He declared: “She’ll be sailing through the South China Sea and making it clear our Navy has a right to do that.”

The mighty ship will travel through the heart of the Asian superpower’s water when it travels home from Australia.

Xi Jinping has made a claim to nearly all of the waters in the area despite contentions from Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam that contest China.

The Asian superstate has initiated a program of developing infrastructure on constructed islands in the South China Sea.

The military structures were broadcast on state television last month that showed the country’s desperate efforts to assert its dominance in the area.

Lu Kang, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman, labelled the projects as “necessary”.

He continued: “Of course, China also needs to construct necessary defence equipment for its territory. The relevant equipment is not directed at any particular country.”

China was enraged last year when a US warship came close to a reef in the South China Sea.

A foreign ministry spokesman declared at the time that the vessel “undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests”.

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