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UK pushes Pacific trade talks amid broader new focus on Asia | Source: The Independent

The U.K. has launched negotiations to join a trans-Pacific trade bloc as it looks to explore new opportunities following its departure from the European Union and strengthen its strategic interests in Asia. Britain is also looking to attain “dialogue partnership” status with the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, as it pursues a “tilt” toward the Indo-Pacific region in response to China’s growing influence.

Source: The Independent


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U.K.’s Biggest Naval Fleet in Decades to Flex Muscle With Eye on China and U.S. | SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL

The most powerful U.K. fleet to be assembled in decades is preparing to set sail this month on a tour of 40 countries, focused on the Indo-Pacific, in an effort to show British military muscle in a region where the U.S. is seeking to counter Chinese influence.

SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL


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