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UK raises pressure on China with carrier deployment to Asia

Boris Johnson touts new space and cyber forces as security priorities shift

British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in June 2017, before its maiden voyage: The vessel will be deployed to East Asia in 2021.   © Reuters

LONDON -- The U.K. will send an aircraft carrier to Asia in 2021 as diplomatic tensions with China mount over Hong Kong and other hot-button issues, part of new military plans that also include the creation of space and cyber defense forces.

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