Global Britain tilts to Indo-Pacific and bolsters nuclear arsenal

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Veerle Nouwens, research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said the statement that the U.K. intends to be Europe's leading partner in the Indo-Pacific was notable. "To me that does send a signal that the U.K. is trying to make clear that it does want to be a leading European partner in the Indo Pacific in the next decade. This also sends a signal to countries in the region of a long-term commitment and ambition in the Indo-Pacific in terms of the U.K.'s application for ASEAN dialogue partnership status and acceding to the CPTPP."