The move comes against the backdrop of China’s increasing belligerence towards its neighbours
The UK navy is to deploy a carrier group to the Indian Ocean next year, one of several European countries to announce such moves in recent times against the backdrop of China’s increasing belligerence towards its neighbours in Asia.
That the UK would send an aircraft carrier to the Indo-Pacific was disclosed after a phone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson last week.
This follows an announcement by Germany that it would send a warship to the Indian Ocean as part of plans to manage China’s influence in the region. It also comes in the wake of the Quad countries, India, the US, Japan and Australia, last month holding joint naval drills for the first time. Germany, the Netherlands and France have come out with their respective Indian Ocean strategies with the UK too aiming to formulate one.
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