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UK's Asia minister: Freedom of navigation 'incredibly important'

Britain to deploy naval assets to protect passage through Indo-Pacific choke points

The U.K. will deploy the HMS Queen Elizabeth, a new aircraft carrier, to the Indo-Pacific region later this year. (Source photo by Getty Images) 

LONDON -- The U.K.'s minister for Asia sees freedom of navigation as "an incredibly important issue" for the country that will deploy a new aircraft carrier to the Indo-Pacific region later this year.

Nigel Adams spoke with Nikkei Asia on Wednesday, one day after the government published a policy document outlining the country's comprehensive strategic framework for engaging with the world for the next decade.

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