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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Speaking for a number of people here
    Source? Name names or your faking it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Source? Name names or your faking it.
    At least two.


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    Allegedly the UK and French navies are putting a toe into the warm SCS.

    France, Britain Sending Ships to Challenge Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea





    French copy of an Egyptian Warship





    UK's biggest ship, east of Doha. Flown to Singapore in a chartered Antonov-124 .




    "The French and British navies are planning to follow in the footsteps of the US Navy with their own wayfinding mission through the disputed South China Sea, specifically, into areas London and Paris argue are illegally claimed by Beijing.

    A seaborne task force comprising French and British ships and naval aircraft will make its way through the South China Sea next week, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parley said Sunday. The force will go "into certain areas" where the world's fastest growing navy — the People's Liberation Army-Navy — is expected to be present.

    "At some point a stern voice intrudes into the transponder and tells us to sail away from supposedly ‘territorial waters.' But our commander then calmly replies the he will sail forth, because these, under international law, are indeed international waters," Parley said Sunday.

    The South China Sea is notable for the trillions of dollars' worth of commercial cargo passing through the waterway every year and for the possibility it contains large untapped oil and gas fields. A slew of nations in the region have overlapping claims on islets and sections of water, including China, Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

    France does not have any conflicting territorial claims in the waterway, said Parley, but it intends to contribute to a "rules-based" order in the South China Sea "on a regular basis with allies and friends," she noted, the South China Morning Post reported Monday.

    "By exercising our freedom of navigation, we also place ourselves in the position of a persistent objector to the creation of any claim to de facto sovereignty on the islands," the armed forces minister noted, adding that she believes the French Navy "should broaden this effort even further."

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    https://sputniknews.com/europe/201806041065096082-france-britain-sending-ships-south-china-sea/

    One hopes they both have their "Begbie Signalling Lamps" at the ready, for when their Chinese electronics/Windows XP systems suddenly fail.

    I'm sure their invisible friends supplying "top and bottom cover", will try to start WWIII as another false flag.



    The surrendering French and perfidious British, upholding "International Law" and "rules based order".

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    Station broadcasts shipping forecasts to South China Sea


    "China aired its first English language oceanic forecast in the South China Sea on Friday on Guangzhou Coast Radio Station with a coverage range of 926 kilometers (500 nautical miles).

    The development means China is now able to release forecasts for the South China Sea in both Chinese and English, the China News Service reported.

    Such a service signifies China's improved capability to implement international conventions, defend China's maritime rights and serve the international public in the sphere including rescue operations in the South China Sea, according to the report.

    The broadcast effectively covers the country's Xisha, Zhongsha and Huangyan islands, providing all ships with precise safety information, safeguarding their navigation, life and property, the report added.

    "By enhancing the country's public service capability in the South China Sea, China is sending the world a direct message of its firm stance in safeguarding its territorial sovereignty in the South China Sea," Li Kaisheng, a research fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Friday.

    China also displays its development of the region in the civilian dimension, Li said, adding that China even facilitates freedom of navigation by providing such a public service.

    Starting Friday, the English version of the South China Sea maritime forecast would be broadcast at 9 am-9:10 am and 9 pm-9:10 pm Beijing time through the Navigational Telex (Navtex) or 4029.5 KHz, the report said.

    The Navtex is an international automated system for distributing navigational warnings, weather forecasts and rescue notices to ships.

    The forecast is generated by the South China Sea Prediction Center before it is forwarded to the Guangzhou Coast Radio Station in South China's Guangdong Province.

    As one of the five Navtex radio stations in China, the Guangzhou Coast Radio Station broadcasts maritime safety information to waters including south of the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea."

    Station broadcasts shipping forecasts to South China Sea - Global Times

    So that's what all those radar masts are for, collecting weather data.




    I'm sure they stole the IP from NAA though.
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    defend China's claimed maritime rights


    FTFY.

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    China, ASEAN diplomats to meet on South China Sea


    "China on Friday said the 15th Senior Officials' Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) will be convened on June 27 in Changsha in central China's Hunan Province.

    According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and senior diplomats from ASEAN countries will attend the meeting. Prior to the meeting, the 24th Joint Working Group meeting on the Implementation of the DOC will be held.

    China and ASEAN countries will continue to discuss issues including implementation of the DOC, maritime pragmatic cooperation, and negotiation of the code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC), Geng said.

    Thanks to the joint efforts of China and other countries in the region, the current situation in the South China Sea has been stabilized and maintains positive momentum, said the spokesperson.

    All parties will continue their efforts in pushing forward dialogue and cooperation, strive for more outcomes and progress, so as to create favorable conditions for consolidating the current sound situation, Geng said.

    The DOC, signed in 2002 by China and ASEAN countries, outlines the most important principles in the management of disputes on the South China Sea, and consultations for the COC were launched by the two sides in 2013. Both are aimed at safeguarding peace and stability in the region."

    China, ASEAN diplomats to meet on South China Sea - Global Times

    What a novel idea, diplomats meeting, discussing things and hopefully agreeing the route forward. I wonder if an unexceptional countries POTUSE will tweet it's considered opinion or does the 7th Fleet need to show it's muscles again?

    If Maggie May has fixed the engines maybe a UK warship could be ordered by Goldilocks and make it's own start to island building, by running into a container ship and sinking.

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