Carrier Strike Group 2021: Possible Chinese reactions

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28 July at 13:00 14:00 BST

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Join Dr Bill Hayton, Rear Admiral (rtd.) Dr Chris Parry, James Rogers and Bich T. Tran as they discuss the arrival of the Carrier Strike Group in the Indo-Pacific.

About this event

The Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group is now entering the Indo-Pacific to project a British strategic presence, uphold a free and open international order, and support allies and partners. It will mark the most significant deployment of British naval power in a generation. The naval flotilla is set to move through the South China Sea, which features many contested islands, some artificially constructed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). On arrival in the region, British warships are expected to partake in freedom of navigation manoeuvres, so as to negate the PRC’s excessive or illegitimate maritime claims and uphold international maritime law.

To mark the Carrier Strike Group’s arrival to the Indo-Pacific, the Council on Geostrategy is delighted to invite you to join, Dr Bill Hayton, Rear Adm. Dr Chris Parry, James Rogers and Bich T. Tran as they discuss the rationale for the deployment, the capability of the Royal Navy when operating at significant range, how allies and partners will receive the flotilla, and how the PRC is likely to frame the naval group, particularly as British warships reach the South China Sea.


Dr Bill Hayton

Author of The Invention of China and The South China Sea

Rear Adm. (rtd.) Dr Chris Parry CBE

Director, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (2005-2008)

James Rogers

Co-Founder and Director of Research, Council on Geostrategy

Bich T. Tran

Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė

0044 (0) 20 3915 5626