China Daily decries ‘reckless actions’ after HMS Albion sails close to disputed Paracel islands
The United Kingdom should “refrain from being Washington’s sharksucker”, according to a state-run Chinese newspaper, after British warship sailed through contested waters in the South China Sea.
The HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, passed by the Paracel Islands in late August on its way from Japan to Vietnam. China dispatched a frigate and two helicopters to challenge the vessel. Beijing claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, waters also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.