Asia maritime tensions
New UK carriers to sail through disputed Asian seas
Deployment aimed at testing China unlikely to take place before 2020
HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers, on a sea trial this week © PA
by: Jamie Smyth in Melbourne
Britain plans to sail two new aircraft carriers through contested Asian waters at a time of rising tensions between China and the US.
Boris Johnson, foreign secretary, said on Thursday that Britain was stepping up its commitment to the Asia-Pacific region following its dispatch of Typhoon aircraft to Japan and South Korea last year.
“One of the first things we will do with the two new colossal aircraft carriers that we have just built is send them on a freedom of navigation operation to this area,” he said in Sydney.
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