French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly listens to a speech by British defence secretary Gavin Williamson (not pictured) at the fifth plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday. Franco-British naval cooperation in the region is already a reality, and could grow even further. Photo: EPA-EFE French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly listens to a speech by British defence secretary Gavin Williamson (not pictured) at the fifth plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday. Franco-British naval cooperation in the region is already a reality, and could grow even further. Photo: EPA-EFE
French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly listens to a speech by British defence secretary Gavin Williamson (not pictured) at the fifth plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday. Franco-British naval cooperation in the region is already a reality, and could grow even further. Photo: EPA-EFE
South China Sea

French and British navies draw closer in the Pacific. Should China worry?

Emanuele Scimia says while France and Britain are jointly stepping up their military presence in regional waters, it’s not a given they will fully back America’s muscular position against China in the South China Sea

Topic |   South China Sea
French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly listens to a speech by British defence secretary Gavin Williamson (not pictured) at the fifth plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday. Franco-British naval cooperation in the region is already a reality, and could grow even further. Photo: EPA-EFE French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly listens to a speech by British defence secretary Gavin Williamson (not pictured) at the fifth plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday. Franco-British naval cooperation in the region is already a reality, and could grow even further. Photo: EPA-EFE
French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly listens to a speech by British defence secretary Gavin Williamson (not pictured) at the fifth plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday. Franco-British naval cooperation in the region is already a reality, and could grow even further. Photo: EPA-EFE
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