China accuses British navy of ‘evil intentions’ as UK warship sails through Taiwan Strait
(SKY News) – China’s military followed and warned the British warship that sailed through the Taiwan Strait.
A British warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait – a move that angered China, which claims self-governing Taiwan as part of its territory.
China’s military followed and warned the British warship that sailed across the waters the People’s Liberation Army said on Monday, adding that Britain was engaging in behaviour that “harboured evil intentions”.
“After a busy period working with partners and allies in the East China Sea, we are new en route through the Taiwan strait to visit Vietnam and the Vietnam People’s Navy,” the official account of the frigate HMS Richmond said on Twitter.
Warships from the US Navy navigate through the strait on roughly a monthly basis, drawing condemnation from China.
American allies have traditionally been more reluctant to pass through the strait but have been increasing their activity, and in the South China Sea – much of which China also claims at its waters – more generally.