European navies build Indo-Pacific presence as China concerns mount

TOKYO — Major European countries are sending warships to the Indo-Pacific region amid mounting suspicion toward China over the crackdown in Hong Kong and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. On Wednesday, the French Embassy in Tokyo posted an article describing the activities of a frigate in Asian waters. “The frigate Prairial is currently deployed in Asia-Pacific where it is participating in the system to fight against the circumvention of United Nations Security Council sanctions by North Korea,” the embassy said. “It is one element of our work for the…