UK has no ship to solve Scallop War at the backyard, then why they could meddle SCS with her naval disposal?
The HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, passed by the Paracel Islands in recent days, said the sources, who were familiar with the matter but who asked not to be identified.
The Albion was on its way to Hanoi, where it docked on Monday following a deployment in and around Japan.
One of the sources said Beijing dispatched a frigate and two helicopters to challenge the British vessel, but both sides remained calm during the encounter.
The other source the Albion did not enter the territorial seas around any features in the hotly disputed region but demonstrated that Britain does not recognise excessive maritime claims around the Paracel Islands. Twelve nautical miles is an internationally recognised territorial limit.
A contrary (sort of) view on last week's NY Times piece on China's build-up.
Both NYT and D1 are missing the point, especially referring to the buildup with 2018 DOD Report.
It's neither a hype nor a misconception, it's just a simple sovereign ambition within China's own paths and interests, and lots of countries underestimating Chinese advancement as to be easily challenged militarily. China is just proving them it will be a grave mistake to keep antagonize her.
It just happened to be improving so rapidly that making all the long-term plans looks very short, which is unfortunate for some countries who try to asymmetrically undermine it.
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