United Kingdom unveils plan to ship new plane service to Pacific

United Kingdom unveils plan to ship new plane service to Pacific

The UK needs a bolder and stronger armed forces prepared to use "hard power" or risk being seen as a "paper tiger", Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson warned on Monday, amidst China flexing its muscles in the Indo-Pacific region.

UK Defence Minister Gavin Williamson has revealed that the country will send its largest and most powerful aircraft carrier to the Pacific on its first operational mission.

"A post-Brexit global Britain must be about taking action alongside our friends and allies and action to oppose those who flout worldwide law".

The 42-year-old MP for South Staffordshire cited the breakdown of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as a particular development which should make Britain alert to the Russian threat and outlined how the United Kingdom can use its position in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to counter Moscow.

"The alliance must develop its ability to handle the kind of provocations that Russian Federation is throwing at us".

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Defending interventionist policy, he will say the cost of failing to act in global crises had often been "unacceptably high", and that Western powers can not "walk on by when others are in need". "As uncertainty grows, we must be ready to act and bring others with us".

China is in the process of developing its own aircraft carrier capability, with now only one considered combat-ready.

"And action, on occasion, that may lead us to have to intervene alone, " he said. "Ready to strengthen our resilience", he said.

He added: "To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger". "Enhancing the reach and lethality of our forces (and) reinforcing the fact that United States remains the very closest of partners", Williamson said.

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