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UK and Japan agree defence deal as Johnson warns of ‘autocratic powers’ threat

The UK and Japan have agreed a defence deal that may permit their nationwide forces to “work more closely together”, based on Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister, talking in Downing Street alongside his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, stated he’s “so glad” the 2 nations have agreed a reciprocal entry settlement (RAA) for armed providers.

He stated allies in Europe and east Asia should be unified within the face of “autocratic, coercive powers”.

We within the UK recognise that our safety in Europe is indivisible from the safety, our collective safety, within the Asia-Pacific

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Mr Kishida’s first official go to on the invitation of the Government was marked with a guard of honour and an RAF flypast over Horse Guards Parade in central London.

Before holding talks in No 10 on Thursday, the 2 leaders stood on a dais as they witnessed a Voyager and two Typhoon fighter jets soar over St James’ Park and the parade floor.

Mr Kishida was then invited in Japanese by the captain of the Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards, to examine the troops.

After the spectacle, Mr Johnson and Mr Kishida headed to Downing Street the place the British chief introduced {that a} army accord has been struck.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, at 10 Downing Street (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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The Prime Minister stated the world has noticed the “strong stance” the Japanese authorities has taken “against the Russian aggression in Ukraine”.

He added: “We in the UK recognise that our security in Europe is indivisible from the security, our collective security, in the Asia-Pacific, in the Indo-Pacific region.

“And there is direct read across from the actions of autocratic, coercive powers in Europe, to what may happen in east Asia.

“And that’s why we want to work more closely together.

“And today I’m so glad that we’ve agreed the reciprocal access agreement between our armed services.”

No 10 stated the “landmark” RAA will permit the 2 international locations’ forces to deploy collectively for coaching, joint workout routines and catastrophe aid.

Downing Street stated the settlement will increase the UK’s dedication to the Indo-Pacific and additional safeguard world peace and safety, and build on the already shut collaboration on defence and safety know-how between each nations.

An Airbus KC2 Voyager and two RAF Eurofighter Typhoons fashioned the flypast over Horse Guards Parade (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Talks started on deepening the UK-Japan defence relationship in September, following on from the Government’s defence and overseas coverage built-in review which final year introduced a “tilt” in direction of the Indo-Pacific.

The Government describes Japan as its closest safety accomplice in Asia.

Officials stated Tokyo has simply two different bilateral visiting forces agreements – one with the United States and the not too long ago agreed RAA signed with Australia in January.

Meanwhile, Conservative former minister Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, is ready to be introduced as the UK’s new commerce envoy to Japan.

Mr Johnson stated he’ll talk about with Mr Kishida the UK-Japan commerce partnership, including that commerce relations are “already glorious and increasing” with “co-operation on science, on digital technology and many other things”.

The Japanese prime minister, talking with a translator, thanked Mr Johnson for the “warm welcome”, noting that he had made time regardless of native elections going down within the UK.

He instructed the Prime Minister he appears to be like ahead to a “very fruitful discussion” on the London-Tokyo bilateral relationship, as properly as on Ukraine and world affairs.

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