British airline Indo-Pacific voyage aimed at demonstrating China’s law of the sea: Johnson

The deployment of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Indo-Pacific region will show China that Britain believes in the law of the sea, Boris Johnson said Friday.

The carrier strike group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, will head to Asia later this month in a large-scale show of force aimed at countering the security challenges posed by the Chinese administration.

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The Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will pass through the Round Tower as it leaves HMNB Portsmouth for exercises off Scotland before heading to the Indo-Pacific region on May 1, 2021. (PA)

“One of the things we do clearly is to show our friends in China that we believe in the law of the sea. We prove that, not in a confident but confrontational way.” Johnson told the broadcaster. I boarded an aircraft carrier while visiting Portsmouth Naval Base on the southern coast of England.

“We don’t want to be hostile to anyone, but Britain, along with friends and partners (Americans, Dutch, Australians, Indians), plays a very important role in supporting the rule of law. I think there is the rule of law, an international rule-based system on which we all depend. “

The carrier strike group will visit more than 40 countries during the 28-week deployment period and engage in engagement with Singapore, South Korea, Japan and India as part of Britain’s “Indo-Pacific Dedication”.

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The F-35B will land on the HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth, England, on September 26, 2018. (Ministry of Defense by PO Aron Hoa / Getty Images)

“This is an opportunity to work with friends and partners around the world,” said Johnson.

He said the carrier strike group “will project not only Britain’s hard power, but clearly extraordinary military power.” But also our soft power, our values, what we represent, our belief in democracy in the rule of law. “

According to MoD, carrier strike groups have achieved the UK’s goal of “deeper involvement in the Indo-Pacific region to support sharing of prosperity and regional stability” set by the government’s recent integrated review of foreign countries. I am aiming. Defense, security, and development policies.

According to a review released in March, the UK will invest in enhanced “capacity for China” to address “safety, prosperity, value and the systematic challenges it poses to the safety, prosperity and value of allies and partners. To improve. ” “

Simon Veazey and Reuters contributed to this report.

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