In the Indo-Pacific, Britain acts as America’s junior partner – Responsible Statecraft
FEBRUARY 6, 2023 Written by Jonathan Fenton Harvey
Post-Brexit, the UK has grand global ambitions, but given its dire economic straits, London must worry about Chinese retaliation.
Following the United Kingdom’s formal departure from the European Union three years ago, London has prioritized deepening trade and defense ties in the Indo-Pacific, where it wants to be a leading Western actor.
Focused ever more on its own cost-of-living crisis and on providing military and humanitarian support to Ukraine against Russia’s invasion, however, Britain is arguably overstretching itself.
Nonetheless, Washington’s continuing quest for allies to help implement its containment strategy against China in the Indo-Pacific has made London, despite its limited resources, a partner of Washington’s vision.
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