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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2019 11:36 a.m. PST

… base in Southeast Asia

"Supporting the U.S.-led international order, Britain will establish a new naval base in Southeast Asia. To be most effective, the Royal Navy should use that base to facilitate submarine operations.

Still, the U.S. should be grateful for Britain's decision here. As first reported by the Sunday Telegraph, this decision isn't an easy one. This is especially true in the context of the challenge of Brexit. After all, Britain is concerned that Brexit will lead to a short-medium term economic decline and possible recession. At the same time, however, China has been offering major economic investments to the U.K. in return for its silence on China's agitation in the South China Sea. But where former British Prime Minister David Cameron chose the Chinese trough over the preservation of international order, Prime Minister Theresa May and her defense secretary, Gavin Williamson, are righting that mistake…."
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bruntonboy04 Jan 2019 12:40 p.m. PST

Mr Williamson is a fantasist and merely playing up for the cameras with his posturing. The US can expect little help from an impoverished and feeble British military in the foreseeable future. This announcement was was more about appealing to the government's base supporters who are in self delusion mode about harking back to the days of empire.

Thresher0104 Jan 2019 10:25 p.m. PST

Would love to see them announce returning to Hong Kong, but I expect that might be a toe over the line.

Still, just for rhetorical purposes, it would be fun to see in print, for the swift reaction to follow……

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2019 10:54 a.m. PST



GurKhan05 Jan 2019 12:16 p.m. PST

We've probably given the contract for the new naval presence to a new company with no ships, no experience, and the T&Cs of a pizza delivery outfit, if the Brexit ferry contingency is anything to go by.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2019 2:54 p.m. PST

Dude…! (smile)


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