THE BRITISH Navy could follow the US and launch a mission into the South China Sea, an area of international waters China and a number of other Asian countries argue to have a claim to. 
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south china sea peoples liberation army navy China's Navy in the South China Sea British and French ships and naval aircraft will make their way through the South China Sea next week.

 French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parley, said on Sunday. 

 The boats will sail into areas of international waters where China’s navy is expected to be.

 The People’s Liberation Army Navy is the world’s fastest growing navy.

 Ms Parley said on Sunday: “At some point a stern voice intrudes into the transponder and tells us to sail away from supposedly ‘territorial waters’.

 “But our commander then calmly replies the he will sail forth, because these, under international law, are indeed international waters.”

 She went as far as saying that the French Navy "should broaden this effort even further."

 The South China Sea is home to trillions of dollars worth of cargo traffic every year.

 It is also thought to contain plentiful untapped oil and gas fields.

 Lots of countries in the area have tried to stake claim on areas of the waters, including China, Taiwan, Brunei and Indonesia.

 Tensions over the contested waters have risen in recent years.

 France and the UK’s involvement would make them the latest two countries to wade into the conflict.

 Ms Parley also accused China of “intimidation”.

 south china sea people's liberation army navy China's Navy in the South China Sea She said: “the placement of these weapon systems on islets in the South China Sea is tied to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion."

 China have vehemently denied that their presence marks them making a claim on international waters.

 He Lei, president of the Academy of Military Science of the People's Liberation Army said their ships do “not pose a threat” to international safety.

He said: ”China’s presence has nothing to do with militarisation and does not pose a threat to regional security".

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