British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visits UK troops in the Nato Enhanced Forward Presence battle group at a military base in Tapa, Estonia, on March 25. Williamson has called the UK’s new base in Bahrain a boost to the country’s global standing while also noting a rise in China’s “sharp” power towards regional rivals. Photo: Reuters

Britain’s naval expansion in the Indo-Pacific will anger China, and accomplish little else

Emanuele Scimia says the UK’s recent expansion to the East, including establishing a naval base in Bahrain and naval stopovers with Beijing’s regional rivals, can’t hide the fact that the UK cannot project power in China’s backyard by itself

Topic |   South China Sea

TOP PICKS

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visits UK troops in the Nato Enhanced Forward Presence battle group at a military base in Tapa, Estonia, on March 25. Williamson has called the UK’s new base in Bahrain a boost to the country’s global standing while also noting a rise in China’s “sharp” power towards regional rivals. Photo: Reuters
READ FULL ARTICLE