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Britain to sail warship through disputed South China Sea

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said HMS Sutherland, an anti-submarine frigate, would next month assert freedom of navigation rights

A British warship will sail from Australia through the disputed South China Sea next month to assert freedom of navigation rights, the UK’s defence secretary said on Tuesday in a move likely to irk Beijing.

China claims nearly all of the resource-rich waterway and has been turning reefs and islets into islands and installing military facilities such as runways and equipment on them.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/13/britain-to-sail-warship-through-disputed-south-china-sea