China warns UK to ‘take necessary action’ as aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth heads to South China Sea

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CHINA has warned #Britain and other #Western powers to send warships to the #South #China #Sea, saying it will take “the necessary steps to safeguard its sovereignty.”

#It ships with the UK’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS #Queen #Elizabeth, which is expected to deploy to the region in the coming months on its first operational mission.

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HMS #Queen #Elizabeth is scheduled to deploy to the #South #China #Sea on its first operational mission in the new year#Credit: PA: #Press #Association
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#Chinese #Defense #Ministry spokesman #Tan #Kefei said #China will “take necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty in the #South #China #Sea”

#Over the past year, tensions between #China and the #West have grown over #China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, its crackdown on protests in #Hong #Kong and control of the #South #China #Sea.

The #United #States frequently sends ships across the #South #China #Sea to contest #China’s claim to the region, and there is speculation that #Britain will do the same when HMS #Queen #Elizabeth becomes fully operational.

The ship is expected to join US and #Japanese naval forces near the #Ryukyu #Islands in #Japan “early on [in 2021]», #Selon #Kyodo #News.

#At a monthly press conference in #Beijing on #Thursday, #Chinese #Defense #Ministry spokesman #Tan #Kefei was asked about the plans, the #South #China #Morning #Post reports.

“The #Chinese side believes that the #South #China #Sea should not become a sea of ​​great power rivalry dominated by weapons and warships,” he said.

#He added that “the real source of militarization in the #South #China #Sea comes from countries outside this region which send their warships thousands of kilometers from home to build up their muscles.”

“The #Chinese military will take the necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests as well as peace and stability in the #South #China #Sea,” he said.

#States like #China, #Taiwan, #Brunei, #Indonesia, #Malaysia, the #Philippines and #Vietnam claim parts of the #South #China #Sea, and several more want to maintain access to the region’s shipping lanes.

#An estimated $ 3.4 trillion in global trade passes through the sea each year, which represents about a third of all global maritime trade.

The region also has significant fish stocks as well as huge oil and gas reserves.

#In recent years, #China has drawn international condemnation for its construction of military bases in disputed waters.

#Satellite images also showed #Chinese military planes deployed to islands in the region.

#Following a complaint filed by the #Philippines, a tribunal headed by the #Permanent #Court of #Arbitration in The #Hague in 2016 found “no evidence that #China has historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources.”

The ruling said there was “no legal basis for #China to claim historic rights to resources in sea areas.”

Chinese ship launches anti-ship missile during military exercise in South China Sea
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#Chinese ship launches anti-ship missile during military exercise in #South #China #Sea#Credit: AP: #Associated #Press
#Welcome home for our sailors as the £ 3billion HMS #Queen #Elizabeth returns from the #United #States

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