Global Britain and re-engagement with the Indo-Pacific

HMS Daring

Background Briefing by Carlyle A. Thayer*

We have seen reports from last month saying the United Kingdom might establish more of a military presence in the South China Sea in the future.

On December 30 last year, Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence, stated in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph: This [Brexit] is our biggest moment as a nation since the end of the Second World War, when we can recast ourselves in a different way, we can actually play the role on the world stage that the world expects us to play.

For so long – literally for decades – so much of Britain’s national viewpoint has actually been coloured by a discussion about the European Union.

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