Friday, 27 April 2012

In brief - William Hagues speech in Asia

Some readers may be aware that the UK Foreign Secretary is in Asia at present, and trying to set out the case for wider UK engagement in this vastly complicated and hugely challenging area. The Think Defence website has a full transcript of his recent speech which sets out the UKs strategic  views on engagement with the region.
To Humphrey, this particular speech is of interest as it clearly sets out the level of UK engagement with, and involvement in, a very high profile area. It is well worth reading to gain a better understanding of the challenges we face in the region, and also to see how the UK policy in the area is likely to evolve.
The author is currently working on a long think piece which should hit the streets shortly about the UK military presence in Asia, and this speech goes a long way to showing why our military engagement in the area matters.
Link to a transcript of the speech is here -
Link to the FCO account of the visit is here -


  1. I was struck by the way Hague invoked Britain's role as a European power, with a call for more EU involvement mirrored by Japan's spokesperson citing UK's NATO membership and Japan's partnership with NATO as relevant factors in the new Anglo-Japan agreement on arms development and trade.

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