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UK pitches "global Britain" by flexing military muscle - defence minister

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Deployment of the new aircraft carrier, which is likely to take place in 2021, will also include two squadrons of F-35 stealth jets to "stand up to those who flout worldwide law".

"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.

10 Downing Street has distanced itself from UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's remarks that the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be deployed to disputed waters in the Pacific where China is embroiled in an ongoing dispute over navigation rights.

Britain's new F-35 jets will be able to deploy "drone swarms" to "confuse and overwhelm" enemy forces by the end of the year, Gavin Williamson has said.

"And with the world changing so rapidly, it is up to us to seize the opportunity that Brexit brings", he will note.

Mr Williamson said Britain must be prepared "to use hard power" against global adversaries in a major escalation of the government's interventionist foreign policy.

His remarks will come as Beijing remains embroiled in dispute with neighbouring countries and the USA 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.




"To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger", he will add.

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

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

"Significantly British and American F-35s will be embedded in the carrier's air wing. A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality, and increase our mass", he said.

He said recent actions by China and Russian Federation had "blurred" the boundary between peace and war, warning that the United Kingdom.

Williamson also said the country's cyber forces will be reinforced to defend and launch attacks. "If we do not, we will find ourselves with fewer options when we face threats in the future".