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Why Britain could put a base on the South China Sea

Hong Kong (CNN)When the British defense minister revealed this week that new military bases were being considered in Asia, critics questioned whether London has the money -- or strategic vision -- to carry out such a plan.But an examination of recent British defense initiatives shows that far from being an off-the-cuff play, a base in Asia would be a logical extension of moves made over the last few years.Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson broached ideas for a post-Brexit British military in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph."This is our biggest moment as a nation since the end of the Second World War," Williamson said. "This is our moment to be that true global player once more -- and I think the armed forces play a really important r ...