Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in South China Sea.
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Hours ago Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth along with its task force arrived in the South China Sea, despite warnings from China not to enter the area. The carrier’s task force comprises of six Royal Navy ships, a royal navy submarine, along with a Dutch frigate and a US navy destroyer.
The entry into the South China Sea is meant to send a message to China that the UK along with its allies will not accept their aggressive claim of the South China Sea. China claims practically the whole 1.3 million square miles of the sea. Several years ago, satellite images showed China carrying out land reclamation on reefs. On these lands China built military bases and also a runway, on lands that which are not claimed by them by law. This has caused an uproar in several countries where most of that area consisting of both land and water, is claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and its task force will navigate through the South China Sea, conduct military exercises with Indian navy, than head to the Philippine sea. It will end its voyage in Japan. More details to follow.