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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2017 9:48 p.m. PST

"The Royal Navy scrambled a warship to shadow a Chinese flotilla as it steamed through the English Channel en route to meet Russian vessels for manoeuvres in the Baltic Sea.

The trio of Chinese warships passed through the Strait of Dover under the watch of the HMS Richmond, a Type 23 frigate, at the weekend.

They then headed across the North Sea, where they were spotted being escorted by Dutch vessels earlier this week ahead of manoeuvres with Vladimir Putin's navy which begin on Friday…"
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Who would have thought this was possible 10 years ago…? (smile)


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2017 9:51 p.m. PST

Ten years ago the Chinese Communist government thought it possible, and that's why they can do it now. Projecting power from Asia to Europe. Unprecedented, I think.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2017 11:48 p.m. PST

That's the real problem right there. The problem is the West constantly underestimating their resolve.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 9:30 a.m. PST

Here's more on that story … the BBC point of view on the matter:


I guess China is preparing for its own "lebensraum" period in the eventual future?

PS. Both the US and Russia are training China for that operation:
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 12:07 p.m. PST

Hope not!!…


USAFpilot21 Jul 2017 2:27 p.m. PST

The European powers once sailed warships in Chinese waters; maybe they are just returning the favor.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

Hmm. I wonder if they made a stop at the PRC naval base in Namibia before moving on up to the North Atlantic.

If so, the Brits should have spotted that activity there and along the way north and not been caught off guard when they discovered the Chinese navy in the English Channel.


Lion in the Stars21 Jul 2017 8:12 p.m. PST

Thought the Channel was international waters, if uncomfortably close to modern warship weapons ranges…

In other words, 'so what?'

The shocker shouldn't be that Chinese ships transited the Channel, it's international waters and therefore free passage to EVERYONE, warship or merchant, friend or foe. The shocker *should* be that the RN was apparently unaware of their approach.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 9:13 p.m. PST



deephorse23 Jul 2017 10:23 a.m. PST

Where does it say that the RN was unaware of their presence?

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