Spanish Warship Ordered Ships to Leave British Waters Near Gibraltar

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - A Spanish warship tried to order commercial shipping to leave anchorages in British waters near Gibraltar but was challenged by the British navy and sailed away, Gibraltar said, the latest example of tension over the strategic port as Brexit approaches. The Spanish ship tried to order ships to leave their anchorages on the eastern side of the Rock, … [Read more...]

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...]