HMS Queen Elizabeth departs the naval base in Portsmouth, England, on May 22. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be leading a 28-week deployment to Asia that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted is not confrontational towards China. Photo: PA via AP
HMS Queen Elizabeth departs the naval base in Portsmouth, England, on May 22. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be leading a 28-week deployment to Asia that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted is not confrontational towards China. Photo: PA via AP
Mike Rowse
Opinion

Opinion

Mike Rowse

Why British navy’s South China Sea trip only shows fealty to US

  • Sending the HMS Queen Elizabeth halfway around the world makes no sense when China poses no military threat to British interests
  • It is hard to see any rationale behind the deployment other than the UK trying to secure a favourable trade deal with the US

HMS Queen Elizabeth departs the naval base in Portsmouth, England, on May 22. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be leading a 28-week deployment to Asia that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted is not confrontational towards China. Photo: PA via AP
HMS Queen Elizabeth departs the naval base in Portsmouth, England, on May 22. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be leading a 28-week deployment to Asia that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted is not confrontational towards China. Photo: PA via AP
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