At the weekend, HMS Richmond escorted a trio of Chinese warships through the English Channel.
A Royal Navy spokesperson told The Sun and other papers:
“We can confirm that HMS Richmond has escorted a Chinese Navy Task Group through the UK area of interest.”
The fleet is heading to the Baltic Sea to exercise with Russian vessels.
The Dutch Navy also posted imagery of the vessels:
Footage at first light of the Chinese Task Group passing the North Sea towards the Baltic region, escorted by HNLMS Van Amstel. pic.twitter.com/1YHboTTSqa
— Rob Verkerk (@GeneraalVerkerk) July 17, 2017
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“The UK enjoys positive relations with China and the Royal Navy has once again provided a secure escort around our shores.
The UK strongly supports the right of all States to exercise freedom of navigation in accordance with international law.”