Britain Sending Carrier to Pacific to Back ‘Five Powers” Against China – Emphasizes Nuclear Deterrent

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According to the UK’s High Commissioner (Ambassador) to New Zealand, Laura Clarke, Britain’s new flagship aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth would deploy to the Indo-Pacific region later in 2021, while British coastal patrol vessels will remain to contribute to the Five Power Defense Arrangement. This defense pact includes the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

As reported by New Zealand’s Stuff.co.nz, Clarke reiterated Britain’s continuing role in Asian defense, especially post-Brexit, stating:

We will work closely together with other like-minded countries in responding to the systemic challenge that China poses to our security, prosperity and values, while also co-operating on shared priorities such as trade and climate change.

For those who feared that Brexit meant that the UK was turning inwards, I hope it’s clear that the opposite is the case.

Referring to the recently completed British post-Brexit review of its defense and foreign policy, Clarke said the review “paints a complex, dangerous and rather daunting picture.” Especially worrisome, noted Clarke, was the growing competition between liberal democracy and autocratic, authoritarian states.

Stuff noted that “Clarke said New Zealand was a key partner in the UK’s ‘Indo-Pacific tilt’, or renewed focus on the region, which had half the world’s population and amounted to 17.5 per cent of the UK’s trade.”

However, even as the UK reinforces its nuclear deterrent, Britain and New Zealand have some serious differences when it comes to nuclear weapons and New Zealand’s historically antagonistic views against them. In recent weeks, New Zealand has expressed its dismay at the UK committing to bolstering its nuclear arsenal.

In response, Clarke said, according to Stuff, New Zealand and the UK had a “theological difference” in its view on nuclear warheads. But increasingly there were “nuclear-armed states ignoring international norms of behavior,” adding: “We believe that the best way to protect ourselves and our allies is to maintain a credible nuclear deterrent.” ADN

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Dan
Dan
28 days ago

Biden is waiting in his bedroom for his first pre-op marine

Jim
Jim
28 days ago

Will Joe Biden send Kamala Harris to the Royal Funeral,she could take Harry & Megan there on Air Force one with her,but would that fit well with the Queen,having two darkies at the Castle at the same time ?

Isabel
Isabel
28 days ago
Reply to  Jim

were you raised by lying Megan’s mother?

Jim
Jim
28 days ago
Reply to  Isabel

Well three darkies,if they bring archie !

Jim
Jim
28 days ago
Reply to  Isabel

Hey gesabel,All Queens Live in CASTLE’S – – ( Dont You ? ? ? )

Jay L. Stern
Jay L. Stern
28 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Disgusting

Jeff Shippy
Jeff Shippy
28 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Amazing Jim, you really know how to stop a conversation

Jim
Jim
28 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Shippy

Hey Jeff,the lad has been in that Hot Sun of California for the last couple of years !

Joe
Joe
28 days ago

Don’t depend on hidenbiden for nothing, he’s gone.

Deployed
Deployed
28 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Chairman Biden is good for trashing the 2nd amendment. It’s all he has ever really cared about and will continue to advocate for disarming law abiding citizens until his last breath.

Kevin
Kevin
27 days ago
Reply to  Deployed

Not long ago, Biden did advocate for using a double-barreled shotgun for self-defense at home – you know, let off a couple of blasts on your front porch and the bad guy will leave. Of course, double-barreled shotguns have become quite expensive (try laying you hands on a Winchester Model 21), but to people like Biden, money is no object.

Barbara Powers
Barbara Powers
28 days ago

Biden isn’t running the presidency. Obama is the one who is in charge, and he is running the presidency!

Alan
Alan
28 days ago
Reply to  Barbara Powers

Right Barbara, Obuma is preparing and writing all the executive orders with help from Pathetic Pelosi, and having clueless Joe sign them. Joe probably doesn’t even read them or know what he is signing.

Koreavet
28 days ago
Reply to  Alan

Biden is a useless old shit and his drudged ass son is no damn better .,I’m 88 years old so I can be disrespectful calling him an old shit….

John the Fox
John the Fox
28 days ago
Reply to  Koreavet

88 or 8 the truth is the truth!

Kevin
Kevin
27 days ago
Reply to  Alan

I saw one video clip (with the mic on) where Chairman Xiden was signing EOs, and he can be heard muttering to himself, “What’s this one I’m signing?”

Kevin
Kevin
27 days ago
Reply to  Alan

And then there is the one where Biden finishes his little scripted talk, and he gets a spur-of-the-moment idea to answer questions. So, he finishes with, “…and now I can take some questions, if that’s what I’m supposed to do.” You can hear (panicked?) murmuring in the background, and the video feed quickly fads out to a blue screen with the White House emblem in the center. Anybody remember the old original Star Trek episode “Patterns of Force” – the one where Star Fleet Academy history professor John Gill goes to some planet (Ekos) and shows them how to build a more “efficient” society by modeling their culture on Old Earth’s Third Reich (a pretty blatant violation of the “non-interference” Prime Directive!)? Gill thought that the rigid, highly disciplined culture, without the sadism of the Nazis, could work. Well, his Deputy Fuhrer, Melakon, read Earth’s history too, and he liked the idea of Power. So, he drugged up Gill and used him as a puppet. Our Heroes (Kirk, Spock, and McCoy) do get everything sorted out in the end (of course!), but just as McCoy gets Gill out of his drug-induced stupor, Gill goes back on camera and tries to set things straight himself. Melakon panics and shouts, “The Fuhrer is not feeling well – TURN THAT CAMERA OFF!” He then grabs a machine gun and before anyone can stop him, he shoots Gill. Biden appears to be nothing more than John Gill, and who is Melakon? Obama? Soros?

John the Fox
John the Fox
28 days ago
Reply to  Barbara Powers

Islam is in charge!

John the Fox
John the Fox
28 days ago

So a nation what falling faster than America is sendingin a Turkey to get blown up? Not smart!

Damon
Damon
28 days ago

Britain seems to think it is still a world power. Delusional.

john
john
28 days ago

“..New Zealand and the UK had a “theological difference” in its view on nuclear warheads…” NZ better re-think their position – the CCP has no such theological difficulties with nuclear armaments…

Jawad
Jawad
27 days ago

It’s fine that Britain has not disremembered her role as world policeman. They likely fear they cannot expect much from US with Mr. Old Fool asleep at the switch.


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