A British naval presence in the South China Sea strengthens global security and Britain’s global role. But it must be matched with a more systematic approach to the region, and to China’s defiance of legal norms.
If boldness, cunning and guile are the hallmarks of successful British military contributions that have allowed the UK Armed Forces to develop a reputation for excellence, then these might be the facets that need investment in the MDP, not simply new equipment.
The recent Indo-Chinese rapprochement between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping is an example of a tectonic shift in great power relations. Or is it just the start of a new geopolitical chess game that prevents India from adopting a more thoughtful approach to its region?