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

  • Navy ship passed Beijing-claimed islands in South China Sea
  • Beijing says HMS Albion’s move breached international law
The Royal Navy’s HMS Albion.
The Royal Navy’s HMS Albion.Photographer: Paul Faith/PA Images via Getty Images
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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 said at a briefing on Thursday. “China strongly urges Britain to stop similar provocations so as to keep stability and peace.”