Britain considering a new military base in S-E Asia, with Singapore or Brunei as possible sites

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Britain seeks two new bases in South-east Asia and the Caribbean in its bid to be a global power post-Brexit.
British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Britain seeks two new bases in South-east Asia and the Caribbean in its bid to be a global power post-Brexit.PHOTO: REUTERS

Source close to UK Defence Secretary cites Singapore or Brunei as possible sites

Five decades after Britain announced its military pullout from Singapore, it is considering a renewed presence in South-east Asia - with the Republic as a possible site.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told The Telegraph that Britain will turn its back on the 1968 "East of Suez" strategy that saw it withdraw from bases in Malaysia, Singapore, the Persian Gulf and the Maldives. He said it seeks two new bases in South-east Asia and the Caribbean in its bid to be a global power post-Brexit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2018, with the headline 'Britain considering a new military base in S-E Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe