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UK moves to escort British flagged ships will secure transits - trade

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's decision to deploy a warship to accompany British-flagged vessels in the Middle East will provide greater safety for vital shipments, the UK's shipping association said on Thursday.

U.S. warship sails through strategic Taiwan Strait amid China tension

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing.

U.S. sees European maritime security effort in Gulf as 'complementary'

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States believes a proposed European initiative to bolster maritime security in the Gulf would complement ongoing U.S. efforts there instead of being a "stand-alone" operation, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

Sweden in talks with Iran, UK, others over seized tanker

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden said on Wednesday it was holding talks with Iran, Britain and others over a Swedish-owned, British-flagged tanker seized last week by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.

Exclusive: Britain wins early European support for Hormuz naval mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France, Italy and Denmark gave initial support for a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, proposed after Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker, three senior EU diplomats said on Tuesday.

Iran reassures Iraq over freedom of maritime navigation - ministry

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has reassured Iraq that there will be freedom of international maritime navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, Iraq's oil ministry said on Tuesday.

Britain says won't compromise on freedom of navigation in Strait of Hormuz

LONDON (Reuters) - There cannot be compromise on freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz and Britain can work with the United States on its approach to the issue despite their differing views on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Monday.

Saudi minister says Iran's actions are unacceptable

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs on Sunday condemned Iran's seizure of a British flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and urged the international community to take action to deter such "unacceptable" behaviour.

China acting like a bully in South China Sea, says US

Washington: The United States expressed concern over reports that China is hampering other countries’ oil and gas activities in the South China Sea and accused Beijing of acting like a bully.

China asked to withdraw ship

HANOI: Vietnam has accused China of trespassing and demanded a Chinese survey ship in the South China Sea withdraw in the latest flashpoint over the disputed territory.