The British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth conducts vital system tests off the coast of Scotland, in June 2017. Photo: EPA via British Ministry of Defence
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

David Dodwell

Britain’s naval ambitions to once again rule the waves are laughable at best and make no sense at all

  • The sentimental aspirations to rebuild British grandeur as a leading global power can have potentially destabilising consequences in east Asia
  • The efforts to build up Britain’s defence spending, and to “pivot” to Asia, may have less to do with defence than with currying favour for trade deals in a potentially lonely post-Brexit world

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The British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth conducts vital system tests off the coast of Scotland, in June 2017. Photo: EPA via British Ministry of Defence
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