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canada goose clearance sale One of the sources said Beijing dispatched cheap Canada Goose a frigate and two helicopters to challenge the British vessel, but both sides remained calm during the encounter. canada goose clearance sale

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canada goose store Chinas Canada Goose Online Foreign Ministry, in a faxed statement sent canadian goose jacket to Reuters, said the ship had entered Chinese territorial waters around the Paracel Islands on Aug. 31 without permission, and the Chinese navy had warned them to leave. canada goose store

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“China will continue to take all necessary measures to defend its sovereignty and security.”

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A spokesman for the Royal Navy said: “HMS Albion exercised her rights for freedom of navigation in full compliance with international law and norms.”

Chinas claims in the South China Sea, through which some $3 trillion of shipborne trade passes each uk canada goose year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Britain does not have any territorial claims in the area.

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Both Britain and the United States say they conduct FONOP operations throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies.

The British Navy has previously sailed close to the disputed Spratly Islands, further south in the South China Sea, several times in recent years but uk canada goose outlet not within the 12 nautical Canada Goose Jackets mile limit, regional diplomatic sources have said.

buy canada goose jacket Singapore based South China Sea expert Ian Storey said Britain had strong traditional interests in defending freedom of navigation but regular deployments in the South China Sea would be constrained due to limited numbers of warships and onerous demands in other parts of the world. allies have been remiss in upholding freedom of navigation in the South China Sea,” said Storey, of Singapore’s ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute. allies are responding to Washington’s appeals. allies to make similar moves.” buy canada goose jacket

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canadian goose jacket China blames Washington for militarising the region with its freedom of navigation patrols. canadian goose jacket

canada goose coats on sale Foreign aircraft and vessels in the region are routinely challenged by Chinese naval ships and monitoring stations on the fortified islands, sources have said previously. ally buy canada goose jacket had what Canberra described as a close “encounter” with Chinese naval vessels in the contested sea. canada goose coats on sale

The Albion is one of three Royal Navy ships deployed to Asia this year, along with HMS Argyll and HMS Sutherland.

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