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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on British Warship's Entry into China's Territorial Sea without Approval
2018/09/06

Q: A British navy ship sailed near the Xisha Qundao the other day. What is China's reaction to it?

A: On August 31, Britain's HMS Albion-class landing platform dock entered China's territorial sea of the Xisha Qundao without the Chinese government's approval. The Chinese navy identified and verified the British warship in accordance with law and warned and expelled it.

The Xisha Qundao is an inherent part of the Chinese territory. In accordance with the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone, the Chinese government promulgated the baseline of the territorial sea of the Xisha Qundao in May, 1996. The relevant behavior of the British warship violated Chinese law and relevant international law and infringed upon China's sovereignty. China is firmly opposed to this. We have lodged stern representations with the British side and expressed our strong dissatisfaction.

The Chinese side strongly urges Britain to stop this kind of provocation lest it should undermine the overall picture of bilateral ties as well as regional peace and stability. China will continue to take all necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty and security.

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