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UK’s New Colossal Warship HMS Queen Elizabeth Not Welcome in the South China Sea

Chinese Foreign Minister spokesman Lu Kuang criticized the British government over its plan to conduct a freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, stressing that the United Kingdom warship “would stir up trouble”.

Chinese Foreign Minister spokesman Lu Kuang criticized the British government over its plan to conduct a freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, stressing that the United Kingdom warship “would stir up trouble”.

In a daily press briefing where transcirpt posted in the official Chinese Foreign Minster website, Lu said that the presence of a British warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth in the disputed sea is not welcome.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang in a daily press briefing in Beijing

“At present, countries in the region are working together to safeguard and promote regional peace, stability and prosperity, yet we see some countries outside the region who insist on stirring up trouble,” Lu claimed.

An Info-graphics of the HMS Queen Elizabeth

He said that currently, the situation in the disputed South China Sea, where other countries have overlapping claims, have “calm down” and urged other countries not to start the tension.

“Whoever they are, under whatever pretexts and whatever they say, their precedents of interfering in other regions on high-sounding reasons but only leaving behind chaos and humanitarian disaster warrant sharp alert of regional countries and people,” he added.

Lu was reacting to the announcement of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson that the HMS Queen Elizabeth will conduct a freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed sea in its maiden deployment in 2021.

Britain's new foreign minister Boris Johnson

The HMS Queen Elizabeth class carriers is said to be the largest and most powerful warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will be deployed in 2021

The ‘colossal’ warship can carry and deploy a variety of aircrafts.

Johnson said during his meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:

“One of the first things we will do with the two new colossal aircraft carriers that we have just built is send them on a freedom of navigation operation to this area, to vindicate our belief in the rules-based international system and in the freedom of navigation through those waterways which are absolutely vital for world trade”.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and U.K. Foreign Minister Boris Johnson

Source: Dailymail

Johnson said the deployment of this ship is to protect the “freedom of navigation” and to keep sea routes and air routes open.

Bishop vocally criticized China’s reclamation in the South China Sea urging all claimants to respect international law.

Also the U.S. said that the freedom of navigation is an International concern and that any tension would affect trade, peace and stability in the disputed sea.

Philippine's victory against China's excessive claim

A year after the Arbitral Tribunal rule in favor of the Philippines ordering that China’s nine-dash line as illegal and excessive, Beijing has continued its military positions in the South China Sea, building structures for missile systems, including at our own Panganiban or Mischief Reef.

China's reclamation to the disputed South China Sea

China has also been “accelerating” its expansion activities in the West Philippine Sea as they build airstrips, a school among others in the disputed Paracel Islands, or also known as the Woody Island, which is also being claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines.

The Woody Island in the Paracels, already with an operational air base.

China claims most of the oil-resource-rich South China Sea where a total of $5-trillion worth of trade passes through the disputed waters every year.

The right to Freedom of Navigation

Countries that exports goods across the region has the right “to freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea.

Countries that has overlapping claims in the disputed is includes the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.

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Suicide Internet Searches Rocketed After ’13 Reasons Why’ Premiere, Study Found

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Internet searches related to suicide dramatically increased after the season premiere of the '13 Reasons Why', a new study found. The searches increased by a staggering 19 percent in the three weeks after the first episode of the Netflix show.

The findings of the study come after vast public speculation and warnings from mental health groups that the show could cause more harm than good, particularly that this series has been widely followed by teenagers.

13 Reasons Why spurred internet searches on suicide after its first episode.

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Russian Drone Bombs Ukrainian Ammo Depot, Causes $1 Billion Worth of Damages

This is how drones are being used as lethal weapons nowadays…

If you think a small drone couldn’t make a significant damage, you better think again! Actually, it’s all a matter of targeting the right spot and being armed with the right weapon. With those two things in place, things can get really, really bad.

Case in point, a series of massive explosions recently rocked an ammunition depot of a military base located in Balakliya, Eastern Ukraine. An amateur video taken by a resident shows us the devastation from afar as smoke and fire spewed into the sky.

Apparently, the culprit behind the attack is a small drone carrying a 1-pound thermite hand grenade.

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Colombian Army Seizes Drug-Smuggling Submarine Used To Transport Four Tons Of Cocaine

Thirty percent of illegal drugs in the US arrive via narco-submarines.

Police and troops in Colombia have seized a narco-submarine, the first electrical submarine used to smuggle four tons of cocaine to Central America. The army discovered the vessel before it could successfully transport the illegal cargo.

While carrying out an operation around San Juan and Baudo rivers, soldiers discovered the submarine. It is believed to measure nine meters or 30 feet in length and four and has a width of four and a half meters or 15 feet.

The ELN guerilla group is most likely the owners of the submarine.

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