Britain is planning to send its aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Asia-Pacific. Photo: AFP
Britain is planning to send its aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Asia-Pacific. Photo: AFP

European nations ‘determined to stay relevant’ in Asia-Pacific, South China Sea

  • As tensions rise in the region, heavyweights like Britain, Germany and France are keen to show they are more than just passive trading partners, analysts say
  • Sending warships to the disputed waters also ‘provides European governments with more leverage’ when dealing with the US and China on geopolitical matters closer to home

Britain is planning to send its aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Asia-Pacific. Photo: AFP
Britain is planning to send its aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Asia-Pacific. Photo: AFP
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