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UK To Send F-35s, Aircraft Carrier to South China Sea

UK To Send F-35s, Aircraft Carrier to South China Sea

"A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality, and increase our mass", Williamson will say.

In his speech, Williamson will also talk about forming new alliances.

Britain spends around 36 billion pounds ($46.45 billion) per year on defense - the seventh largest sum globally, measured in dollar prices in 2017, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Britain is in the midst of its most severe political crisis since World War Two as Prime Minister Theresa May scrambles to find a last-minute agreement on leaving the European Union with only weeks until it is due to end over four decades of political and economic integration in Europe. Opponents describe it as a blow both to Britain's influence and to the West as a whole.

"We can build new alliances, rekindle old ones and, most importantly, make it clear that we are the country that will act when required and a nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership", he said.

Mr Williamson will also fuel speculation about his leadership ambitions with a pitch aimed at Tory Brexiteers, arguing that leaving the European Union gives the United Kingdom an "unparalleled opportunity" to consider its role in the world.

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His remarks will come as Beijing remains embroiled in dispute with neighbouring countries and the United States over territorial claims in the South China Sea, a strategic and economically crucial waterway, which includes vital sea lanes through which about $3 trillion in global trade passes annually.

Mr Williamson called on European countries to follow the UK's lead by investing more in their defence to deter the Kremlin and Beijing.

Gavin Williamson is delivering the remarks in a speech in London on February 11.

Williamson added that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries should step up and pay their 2 percent share of spending, while European countries must "not be distracted by the notion of an EU army".

"NATO has to develop opportunities to deal with the provocations Russian Federation carries out against us".

Defending interventionist policy, he said the cost of failing to act in global crises had often been "unacceptably high", and that Western powers can not "walk on by when others are in need".

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