Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

British frigate to sail through South China Sea

British frigate to sail through South China Sea

"As the Royal Navy has been hit by news such as a leaky aircraft carrier and the United Kingdom government has a tight budget, it appears a hard mission for the Royal Navy to come all this way to provoke China", it wrote.

"The second meeting of this Philippine-China bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea will be held here in Manila tomorrow, February 13, 2018", Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a Palace briefing.

Mr Williamson met Australian counterpart Marise Payne and defence industry minister Christopher Pyne to discuss post-Brexit defence business opportunities, including the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, the successor to the Type 23, which has been shortlisted for the Australian government's Future Frigate Programme.

Apart from China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims to the energy-rich sea.

"She'll be sailing through the South China Sea and making it clear our Navy has a right to do that", he told The Australian newspaper after a two-day visit to Sydney and Canberra.

They expressed alarm over China's installation of defense and military equipment on its artificial islands in the South China Sea's Spratly archipelago.

"The looking for other countries to do more".

"I think we've always got to be vigilant to any form of malign intent".

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the issue would be raised with an global ocean mapping agency under the United Nations, which was responsible for assigning names on underwater features. Most notably, with China's militarization of the South China Sea showing no signs of stopping, the Duterte government will continue to face worldwide and domestic scrutiny as it seeks to warm ties with Beijing, making any significant advances on the South China Sea more hard.

"The more powerful China gets, the more challenging it is for us".

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he was not aware of the specific details but said the naming of such features was permitted.

"So we would like to advise Australia to abide by its commitment and stop making irresponsible remarks on the South China Sea issue".

During the meeting, Manila and Beijing agreed to continue discussions on confidence-building measures to increase mutual trust and confidence and to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities in the South China Sea that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability.

Likewise in 2016, the Communist Party's mouthpiece The Global Times launched a scathing attack on the Australian government, following its decision to support an worldwide tribunal over the South China Sea.

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