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China Daily / 2020-01 / 15 / Page011

UK must look beyond US for security needs

By Julian Shea in London | China Daily | Updated: 2020-01-15 00:00

Defense minister stresses importance of working with wider range of partners

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the United Kingdom can no longer rely on the United States for military support as it has done for years, and the prospect of the US abandoning its position as the world leader keeps him awake at night.

The recent US attack that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, and the subsequent ramifications for regional and global politics and security, came the day after a new advertising campaign for armed forces recruitment was launched in the UK, whose military last year fell in size for the ninth year running.

"The assumptions of 2010 that we were always going to be part of a US coalition is really just not where we are going to be," Wallace told The Sunday Times.

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