Hence why i referred to the Somali basin. (currently in the High Risk Area, with Voluntary Reporting for UKMTO cutting across most of mid Indeian Ocean basin)Hong Kong no longer belongs to the UK. The South China Sea is less important to us that the Atlantic or the Arabian Sea/Gulf.
Acting as part of the international community is not quite the same as what some suggest. As for African engagement, Africa does not have a Pacific coast. My post mentioned the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and the area of operations associated with the Arabian Sea includes areas of the Indian Ocean that borders African countries.
Security follows trade for the Chinese, why not for the UK?