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The Chagos Islands is at the centre of an ongoing dispute over ownership between the UK and Mauritius. The validity of each claim is covered in another question

However, current the only use The Chagos Islands is put to is a US military base.

Since 1971, only the atoll of Diego Garcia is inhabited, and only by military and civilian contracted personnel. Since being expelled, Chagossian natives have been prevented from returning to the islands.

While the article refers to it as a joint US-UK military establishment, as far a I can see there is no significant UK component to the occupants.

Given the diplomatic issues involved, why does the UK continue to own the problem instead of handing it off to the US, to whom it already appears to have ceded control for all practical purposes.

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    According to Wikipedia, the islands' population is roughly 10% British government officials, and 90% US military personnel. Whether that 10% constitutes a "significant component" is a matter of opinion, but there are Brits on the island even if the US contingent vastly outnumbers them. – F1Krazy Nov 26 '19 at 14:57
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    @F1Krazy: In fact, considering that the U.S. has the largest (or 2nd largest, depending on your measure) bar none, it usually follows that they have a bulk of the personnel at any joint military base they are a part of. I suspect that joint bases in Germany and Japan are predominantly U.S. (I know one in Japan that is majority American... the commissary tends to stock American brands while the nearby japanese grocery store stocks Japanese brands). – hszmv Nov 26 '19 at 15:46
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    "Given the diplomatic issues involved" Do you think that the UK is very worried about the measures Mauritius can take against it? I know that the empire is long gone, but it has not fallen so low as that... – SJuan76 Nov 26 '19 at 16:50
  • @SJuan76 - Especially since the most likely target of any actions by Mauritius would be the Chagos Islands themselves, and those are quite well defended by the aforementioned heavy US military presence there. – GeoffAtkins Nov 26 '19 at 18:56

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