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:

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.”

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We often read about HMS so-and-so escorting Russian–or in this case Chinese–warships through the Channel, but are they handed over to other NATO navies as a matter of routine as they leave our area, or is it mainly the RN that does this?

Paul
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The Chinese ships really look the business – very modern and sleek.

David
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David

Agreed Paul and I bet they don’t have to worry about loosing their ASMs next year with no replacement! Bloody ridiculous!! I bet they are just laughing at us…..

Jack Warner
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Jack Warner

The Chinese exercising with the Russians in the Baltic – interesting times!

David Stephen
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David Stephen

This TH guy is comedy gold. I almost feel it’s to easy to skewer him. A bit like beating up a guy in a wheelchair, or stealing from a blind person.

Nick Bowman
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Nick Bowman

“The UK enjoys positive relations with China…”. In this context it sounds as though Mr. Fallon is trying to convince us of something that doesn’t quite feel true. The Russians are clearly the focal point of NATO’s European efforts. Containment of China is clearly the main objective of US military efforts in the Pacific. The Chinese and the Russians are now routinely conducting combined military exercises around the globe. Mr Fallon, if I were you, I’d make my plans on the assumption that there is an increasing likelihood that Russia and China will work in concert to take aggressive action… Read more »

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Agree Nick Bowman. The fact the Chinese can send a task force 15000 miles to the other side of the world to exercise with the Russians northern and Baltic fleet units is a new development. It does demonstrate the growing confidence of the Chinese and their increasing capabilities. Russia and China together would be a very serious threat to NATO with NATOs European powers hard pushed to meet the Russian northern and Baltic fleets whilst the US struggles to contain China. We need a much more capable and larger royal navy. This is not a waste of public money, this… Read more »

Howard Newman
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Howard Newman

I think we should ask Mr TH living in his pink and fluffy world how much of our trade, food and energy resources comes by sea through far off and often disputed sea lanes. I’ll guarantee he won’t have a clue. His assertions that the majority don’t want more defence spending also places him in a dream world of his own desires with no knowledge of what’s going on elsewhere or could happen over the next fifty years or less.

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