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Britain to 'enhance lethality' amid Russia, China threats -Minister

13 February 2019

The politician made the remarks as London prepares to send its largest warship, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, to the South China Sea on a mission to enforce freedom of navigation rights.

"That is why "Global Britain" needs to be much more than a pithy phrase: it has to be about action, and our armed forces represent the best of "Global Britain" in action", he said.

He also confirmed the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is being deployed to the Pacific region, where China has been involved in a dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Yet, Brexit supporters see it as a chance for Britain to take on a new global role.

In a hawkish speech in London, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said leaving the European Union was an opportunity for Britain "when we must strengthen our global presence".

China has laid claim to most of the South China Sea, which is used by several countries, including the USA, as an important shipping lane.

British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson said Russian Federation should pay a high price for its provocative behavior, as Reuters reported.

He will also say that boundaries between peace and war are getting "blurred", and that Britain and its allies should be prepared "to use hard power to support our interests".

Speaking at Royal United Services Institute, he added that China is also developing its modern capability and commercial power, according to the BBC.

In a separate development that month, Williamson unveiled the country's new Defence Arctic Strategy, citing ever-increasing threats in the region and Russia's alleged attempts to militarise it.

Mr Williamson is to use his speech to outline how cyber forces will be reinforced thanks to a "very significant investment", which will be used both to defend and launch attacks.

Williamson detailed plans to modernise the armed forces, and said it must increase its "mass and lethality".

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.

â€To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger, ” he will say.

The defence secretary won an extra £1.8bn for defence in the last budget.

Britain to 'enhance lethality' amid Russia, China threats -Minister