A British warship intentionally sailed a little too close to Chinese-occupied territory in the South China Sea. The Chinese navy told the British navy to leave the area.
The British navy stayed its course.
- Last month, the U.S. navy sent a reconnaissance plane through the same area, past a Chinese military barracks recently set up on an island in the South China Seas. The Chinese navy radioed the U.S. plane six times to tell it to “leave immediately and keep out to avoid any misunderstanding.”
- The conflict: United Nations law dictates that a country’s territory extends 200 miles off its shores. Any trade or resources that fall in this region belong to that country. Beyond that, is international water. But China argues it has a historical claim to the South China Sea, dating back to the 15th century.