France, China and the art of naval diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific

A French carrier strike group is making its way through the Indo-Pacific on a four-month deployment that comes amid rising United States-China tensions.

A carrier group is the most muscular expression of power projection capabilities far from national shores. It also plays the role of a diplomat, sending political messages from one government to another.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2019, with the headline 'France, China and the art of naval diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific'. Print Edition | Subscribe