China complains about French, US FON operations

Photo: Wikipedia/Saberwyn
Photo: Wikipedia/Saberwyn – French frigate Vendemiaire, moored in Sydney Harbour

China’s defence ministry said on Thursday that France, “illegally enter[ed] Chinese waters,” after the Chinese navy warned a French warship to leave the Taiwan Strait earlier this month.

China has lodged an official protest at the “rare move” by the French Navy, which has reaffirmed its commitment to, “freedom of navigation under maritime law”.

Following the Chinese statement, two US Navy destroyers passed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday.