UK to be Europe’s foremost naval power

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced Britain’s biggest boost in military spending since the end of the Cold War, as the country looks to head off threats from China and Russia and exert “global influence” as a power separate from the European Union, the Washington Post reports.

Over the next four years, the British armed forces will receive an extra 16.5 billion pounds ($21 billion), helping to develop cyber- and space capabilities, create an artificial-intelligence agency and “restore Britain’s position as the foremost naval power in Europe,” Johnson said.

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