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Britain to boost defence spending but can it really head off risks?

Britain said Premier Rishi Sunak now stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the US and Australia in the Indo-Pacific. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - Britain is boosting defence spending and allocating more resources to its nuclear forces.

In a new defence policy paper issued on Monday evening, the government announced that it would spend an additional £5 billion (S$8.2 billion) on its military over the next two years to head off what leaders in London refer to as a “fundamental” security risk from Russia, and a broader “epoch-defining challenge” from China.

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