British fighters to overfly South China Sea; carriers in Pacific after 2020: envoy

A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft in flight during a mission over central Iraq

From Reuters:

“British fighter planes visiting Japan will fly over the South China Sea and Britain will sail aircraft carriers in the Pacific once they are operational in 2020, given concerns about freedom of navigation there, Britain’s ambassador to the United States said on Thursday.

The envoy, Kim Darroch, told a Washington think tank that British Typhoon aircraft currently deployed on a visit to Japan would fly across disputed parts of the South China Sea to assert international overflight rights, but gave no time frame.”

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