Letzte Aktualisierung: March 19, 2021

Frigates to the Far East: Western strategies for the Indo-Pacific

Europe is showing a growing presence in the Indo-Pacific. Even if no one says it clearly: This is, above all, about showing China limits. It is unlikely that Beijing will compromise. But joint action by the EU and the US would raise the hurdles to a conflict.

The frigate "Bayern" will set off from Wilhelmshaven for the Far East in August. On the voyage, the ship is to pass through the South China Sea. In February, France had sent a nuclear submarine to the region and held maneuvers there with the US and Japan. Britain plans to send the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Indo-Pacific for a few months in late 2021. US warships also regularly operate in the South China Sea, for example, as part of the US Operation Freedom of Navigation. The "Bayern" will stay away from US ships as well as from the twelve-nautical-mile zone around Chinese-controlled islands in the waters. These are cautious first steps in the Indo-Pacific, where the armed forces have not been active so far.
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