Downing Street has distanced itself from the remarks of the Secretary of Defense Gavin Williamson in which he stated his intention to send the new British aircraft carrier into controversial waters of the Pacific.

Mr. Williamson announced that HMS Queen Elizabeth"The first operational mission would take place in an area where China had been involved in an ongoing dispute over navigation rights, claiming that the UK should be ready to use "hard power".

But May's official spokeswoman said the carrier would only be deployed in 2021, travel to several parts of the world, and the prime minister would make the final decision on its route.

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Asked about Mr Williamson's comments, the spokesman for the Prime Minister said: "As far as China is concerned, I think we have identified areas in which we have concerns, particularly with regard to cyber- intrusions against the United Kingdom and our allies. But it is also a country with which we have strong and constructive relations. "

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Mr Williamson said Britain would buy and adapt cargo ships or ferries for the commissioning of two new ships capable of reacting quickly to a crisis and to perform various operations.

Revealing the new "coastal strike ship concept", he said: "These multi-role and globally deployable ships would be able to carry out a wide range of operations ranging from crisis support to to the conflict.They would support our future commando force, our renowned Royal Marines – they will be deployed forward with exceptional availability and able to react at any time – to lead the fight from the sea to the land. "

The two vessels could be based east of Suez in the Indo-Pacific and west of Suez in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic, he said. declared.

Mr. Williamson, during operations to counter extremism against actors such as Isis and al-Qaeda, competition between states has been restored.

He said: "Russia is reborn – by rebuilding its military arsenal to bring back the independent countries of the former Soviet Union such as Georgia and Ukraine into its orbit. Meanwhile, China is developing its modern capabilities and commercial power. "

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Mr. Williamson said that the increasing use of technological warfare, subversion and propaganda tended to blur the borders, and that Britain and her allies must be ready to use power to defend the country's global interests. .

Discuss Brexithe said: "As we leave the European Union and the world is changing so rapidly, it is up to us to seize the opportunities offered by Brexit. We will build new alliances, revive the old ones and especially specify that we are the country that will act when needed. We should be the nation to which people turn when the world needs leadership. "

He said the HMS Queen Elizabeth would also work in the regions of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Liberal Democratic defense spokesman Jamie Stone questioned the announcement that the HMS Queen Elizabeth would be deployed in the Pacific region.

The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, the HSM Queen Elizabeth, "well protected" from the Russian threat

"Gavin Williamson warms the rhetoric of the British defense, which could be perceived as a provocation by Beijing. This follows years of reduced British military capabilities, with the British army now at the lowest level in decades, "he said. "Do we really have the ability for the moment to send this ship to the spotlight?

"Rather than posting HMS Queen Elizabeth in the Pacific, the Conservatives should instead focus on the pressing issues currently facing the British Armed Forces, including the £ 15 billion plan deficit. MoD equipment over the next decade. "

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It comes after a British warship sailed near the Paracel Islands claimed by China in the South China Sea in August, sparking the fury of Beijing.


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