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Britain urges the West to be ready to flex military muscle in the Pacific as US Navy steps up activities in South China Sea

2019-02-12 10:03:41       source:South China Morning Post

February 11, 2019

Western powers should be prepared to back their interests with military power just as Britain is prepared to send its new aircraft carrier to the Pacific, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

Speaking in London at the Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank, Williamson said Western allies must be prepared to “use hard power to support our interests”, and failing to intervene against aggressive foreign powers “risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger”.

He confirmed that the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s only active aircraft carrier, was being deployed to the Pacific, where China has been involved in a dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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