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British defence minister more like Mr Bean

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The British defence secretary wants to project “unilateral” power around the world after Brexit and oppose those who “flout international law” by giving them a lesson in Britain’s “hard power”.

In what he no doubt considers to be a major statement on post-Brexit British defence posture, Gavin Williamson says he is ready to send the first of Britain’s next-generation aircraft carriers, the Queen Elizabeth, to tour the Pacific.

Presumably, that also means the South China Sea, much of which has been claimed by Beijing as Chinese waters. He also wants a new military base in Asia.

China, behave yourself, there is a new sheriff in town. There is a catch, though, as the Queen Elizabeth won’t be ready until 2021, assuming it meets deadlines. Beijing must be shaking at the knees – from........

© South China Morning Post