British Warship Breaks Through Taiwan Strait, China: Malicious Intentions!

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BEIJING Warship England, HMS Richmond, breaks through the Straits Taiwan on Monday (27/9/2021) headed to Vietnam. China denounced the voyage by calling the warship malicious.

“This kind of behavior contains malicious intent and undermines peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command said in a statement. People’s Daily, Tuesday (28/9/2021).

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In posting On its Twitter, the Beijing state media added that the Chinese Air Force and Navy had been ordered to “follow and warn” HMS Richmond as it continued its journey to Vietnam.

“The Theater Command has always maintained a high level of vigilance and firmly fought against all threats and provocations,” the media quoted Beijing authorities as saying.

China’s angry response came after a posting on the official Twitter account of the British battleship HMS Richmond. The Type 23 frigate of the British Royal Navy, which is part of Britain’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG-21) led by the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, announced that it was passing through the Taiwan Strait on its way to Vietnam.

“HMS Richmond navigates the Taiwan Strait in accordance with international law to its next destination. Wherever the Royal Navy operates, they do so in full compliance with international laws and norms, and exercise their rights to freedom of navigation and overflight provided by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). HMS Richmond is no exception,” said the UK Ministry of Defence.

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The British warship’s voyage comes amid rising tensions between China and Taiwan.

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