Barrels of sugar from the West Indies are unloaded from a ship at Bristol Quay, England, circa 1825.
Since 2010, British governments have begun wondering whether the American alliance is still the best way to maintain their nation's position in the world. The United Kingdom's apparent strategic realignment toward China, while notable on its own, is made more interesting by the fact that it probably is not the only U.S. ally looking for new friends....
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