France intends to strengthen its military presence in the Pacific region. According to the South China Morning Post, the French Navy has sent two warships into the South China Sea.
According to the publication, on February 18, 2021, the Tonnerre helicopter carrier and the Surcouf frigate went on a long voyage. It is assumed that the mission of the French ships in the Pacific region will last about three months.
According to the plans of the French, the ships will cross the South China Sea twice and join the joint Japanese-American naval exercises, which will be held in May. The main task of the representatives of the French navy will be "strengthening the partnership with the Asian NATO", as well as "showing the flag" near the Chinese coast.
It is noted that the French nuclear submarine Émeraude and the support ship Seine passed through the South China Sea last week.
According to military experts, France is trying to "flex its muscles", showing its power and trying to strengthen its military presence in the region, but Paris does not have enough strength for this.
The Indo-Pacific region is becoming more and more important. France is trying to strengthen its military presence in the South China Sea, but it will be difficult because its military power has been declining in recent years
- said the director of the Beijing think tank South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (Initiative for the study of the strategic situation in the South China Sea) Hu Bo.
Earlier, the command of the German Navy announced about sending a frigate to the South China Sea area.