UK PM Boris Johnson to visit India in April end

Clay Curtis
March 17, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India at the end of April as part of his efforts to boost the United Kingdom's opportunities in the region, Reuters reported on Monday, citing his office.

The UK had previously been reducing its nuclear weapons stockpile, and in 2010, the government set a cap of 180 warheads for the mid-2020 period.

The document also outlined plans to overhaul the U.K.'s defense policies, most notably paving the way for increasing the amount of nuclear warheads Britain has at its disposal to 260.

The review states that Russian Federation under Vladimir Putin represents an "active threat" however the language on China is more measured, saying Beijing poses a "systemic challenge". To be open, we must also be secure. The potential deployment of Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier's is also expected to raise military tensions in the South China Sea.

Since completing its exit from the European Union at the end of a year ago after an acrimonious divorce, Johnson's government has vowed the "Integrated Review" will show Britain still had clout on the world stage and define a new era for the country. These include UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, President of COP26, and now, UK Minister of State for commonwealth Lord Tariq Ahmad is on India visit.

The Prime Minister is unveiling a shake-up of the bus sector which aims to see lower simpler flat fares in towns and cities. (St

PM Modi said the nations will work together for advancing their vision of a peaceful Indo-Pacific region.

Johnson said some longstanding policies will remain the same: Britain would remain "unswervingly committed" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and preserving peace and security in Europe, and the US will remain Britain's most important ally.

It is also said to include a personal commitment from the Prime Minister to to restore foreign aid spending to 0.7% of national income "when the fiscal situation allows" following furious criticism of cuts to support for Yemen and other countries.

Britain is seeking a trade deal with the United States and reassurance over where it sits in President Joe Biden's global priorities.

Tuesday's announcement came after Johnson announced in November a 16.5 billion-pound ($23 billion) increase in defense spending over the next four years, focusing on the future battlefields of space and cyber rather than traditional resources such as army troops.

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