Published: Wed, February 13, 2019

UK To Send F-35s, Aircraft Carrier to South China Sea

UK To Send F-35s, Aircraft Carrier to South China Sea

At an address given to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Williamson said Britain was the second largest investor in the region and it must display "hard power" and "lethality" to help protect interests.

"The UK is a global power with truly global interest. we must be prepared to compete for our interests and our values far, far from home", Williamson said.

He said they would be able to respond "at a moment's notice" to support the Royal Marines.

China has laid claim to most of the South China Sea, which is used by several countries, including the US, as an important shipping lane.

Over the last five years China has rapidly built artificial islands housing significant military infrastructure on what had been low-lying reefs.

He said the military's cyber capabilities will be reinforced to defend and launch attacks.

Prime Minister Theresa May's "Global Britain" slogan is more than a pithy phrase because the United Kingdom will be ready to flex its military muscles after it leaves the European Union, defense minister Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

Mr Williamson added "state-on-state competition was reviving" through proxy wars such as operations to eliminate Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Syria and the wider Middle East where Western countries and Moscow have clashed over policy.

"NATO has to develop opportunities to deal with the provocations Russian Federation carries out against us".

"We have to be ready to show the high price of aggressive behaviour. Ready to strengthen our resilience".

"To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger", he will add.

According to him, Brexit gives Britain an unparalleled opportunity to consider how we can project and maximise our influence around the world.

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