The HMS Westminster, which shadowed the Chinese warship through the English Channel. Photo: AP

UK Royal Navy shadows Chinese destroyer Xian through English Channel

  • The Xian was returning from Russia’s annual Navy Days in St. Petersburg
  • UK commander said Xian ‘conducted herself in a safe and professional manner’
Topic |   Chinese military

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The HMS Westminster, which shadowed the Chinese warship through the English Channel. Photo: AP
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Chinese sailors line up on the deck of the Xian guided-missile destroyer during Russia’s Navy Day parade near St Petersburg on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

Navy Day parade the latest sign of stronger military ties between China and Russia

  • Chinese destroyer joins annual naval display held near St Petersburg amid a series of operations between the two countries
  • Joint events suggest they have entered a ‘quasi alliance’ that is partly about putting pressure on US President Donald Trump, analyst says
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Chinese sailors line up on the deck of the Xian guided-missile destroyer during Russia’s Navy Day parade near St Petersburg on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua
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