China British Navies warship encounter in South China Sea

China British Navies warship encounter in South China Sea
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BEIJING - Chinese and British Navy warships had encounter in the South China Sea, media has reported.

British Royal Navy warship sailed close to islands claimed by China in the South China Sea late last month.

China said Britain was engaged in "provocation" and that it had lodged a strong complaint.

The HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, passed by the Paracel Islands in recent days, two sources, who were familiar with the matter but who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

The Albion was on its way to Ho Chi Minh City, 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.

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