UK Reminds China of Importance of Maritime Law

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of international maritime law in a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday, May's office said in a statement. "The Prime Minister reiterated the UK's firm commitment to the rules-based international system, including the importance of freedom of navigation and maritime security, … [Read more...]

China Protests U.K. Sail-By of Disputed South Sea Island Chain

By David Tweed (Bloomberg) -- China accused the U.K. of infringing on its sovereignty after a Royal Navy warship sailed close to islands it claims in the disputed South China Sea. The U.K. “violated international and Chinese laws” when the amphibious warship HMS Albion passed by the Chinese-occupied Paracel Islands in recent days, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying … [Read more...]

U.S. Destroyer Challenges China’s Claims in South China Sea

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters. The operation came as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's … [Read more...]

U.S. Carries Out Freedom-of-Navigation Operation in South China Sea

By Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area. The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. … [Read more...]