Britain steers away from US-style South China Sea exercises


Latika Bourke


The Sydney Morning Herald


 October 11, 2017


Manchester: Britain has no plans to conduct deliberate freedom-of-navigation exercises in the South China Sea, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said. While Sir Michael said Britain would readily fly and sail through the Straits of Malacca, he was urged by a former junior Tory defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth to take a stronger line against China to reinforce the Five Power defence arrangement. That arrangement includes Australia, as well as supporting the UK's principle ally, the US.