UK Carrier Did Not Sail Within 12 Nautical Miles of Chinese Islets in the South Chinese Sea

There is still time for it on the way back

Britain’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its strike group did not sail near artificial Chinese islands while transiting the South China Sea, a sign that the UK chose to avoid a naval confrontation with Beijing.

China’s Foreign Ministry said the UK warships “didn’t enter within 12 nautical miles of Chinese islands in the South China Sea, according to [our] information.” The US frequently sails warships within 12 nautical miles of Chinese claimed islands to challenge Beijing’s claims.

“China hopes navy vessels of other nations abide by international law when sailing across the South China Sea, respect the rights and sovereignty of the coastal nations, and avoid actions that damage regional peace,” the Foreign Ministry statement said.

A source close to China’s People’s Liberation Army told The South China Morning Post that China’s military had been “satisfied with the British carrier strike group’s low-profile naval presentation.”

While the British avoided the islands, deploying such a large naval flotilla to the region was still meant as a message to China, as Western powers are increasingly focused on that part of the world. The HMS Queen Elizabeth’s deployment in Asia will continue until the end of the year. When it is over, the British plan to keep two warships in the region permanently.

Germany is also deploying a warship that is expected to sail through the South China Sea in mid-December. The Germans are following the lead of the US by sending a warship to the region to pressure China, but Berlin has requested to dock in Shanghai while in the region to appear less confrontational than its allies.

China said it has received Berlin’s request to dock in the Chinese city but seeks clarification from Berlin on the warship’s deployment. “Regarding this warship operation, the information released by the German side before and after is too confusing. China will make a decision after the German side has fully clarified the relevant intentions,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.


  1. ken says

    “The HMS Queen Elizabeth’s deployment in Asia will continue until the end of the year.”

    At least they’ll be close to a quality parts supplier.

    1. jens christian blich says

      Nice one…

    2. Jasper says

      “Quality,” but high, or low? Just adequate?

      I’ll just say low, and leave it there.

      Everything has “quality,” but it’s usually (as in, almost always) not modified.

  2. NGg says

    Great target

  3. Steve Kastl says

    HMS Rothschild.

  4. Steve Kastl says

    Actually, HMS Rothschild tries to bring more opium to China.

    1. richseeto says

      Not any more as they will be forced to drop into the ocean by a new China not the old downtrodden one by the invasion of the whole dang Western nations which freely come and go as if China is their common whore.

    2. Jasper says

      The ChiComs have made VERY substantial ‘investments’ in Afghanistan, so they can keep the opium poppies growing.

      That was the job of the U.S., until recently.

      The world’s so-called owners understand the value of opiates, as a control tool, so they’ll use them, ALWAYS.

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