A senior British Defence official says the country is "keen" to work with allies to address China's growing maritime assertiveness, which it views as a significant geopolitical shift.
British Minister of State for Defence Annabel Goldie said, "We are very clear that we are now facing towards China so that we are in a position to ensure that we can respond to any systemic threat, which might affect our prosperity or security or shared values."
Britain will soon deploy a carrier strike group to the Indo-Pacific. It's part of a defense strategy to enhance regional ties.
But Goldie says the country is not angling for a spot within the "Quad" -- a bloc made up of the US, India, Australia, and Japan.
She said Britain wants to promote these shared relationships, but there are no intentions or no plans at the moment to join the Quad. She added that the deployment is not intended to be provocative.