The German frigate will arrive in the South China Sea shortly after a visit by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and its strike group, which includes an American guided-missile destroyer and a Dutch frigate – both recently in the Black Sea for anti-Russian war games there. Let’s see if we can connect the dots.

German warship sets sail for Indo-Pacific region

Germany sent a warship to the South China Sea for the first time in almost two decades on Monday, aligning itself with other Western nations by expanding its military presence in the region.

The “Bayern” (Bavaria) set sail for its six-month deployment from a naval base in Wilhelmshaven, northwestern Germany, with more than 200 soldiers on board.

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German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said: “The message is clear: we are standing up for our values and interests together with our partners and allies.”

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US hails plan by NATO ally calling it welcome support for a ‘rules-based international order’ amid tensions in resource-rich waters.