Japan to sign military pact with UK as allies eye China threat

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Japan to sign military pact with UK as allies eye China threat

The alliance will allow the countries to enhance co-operation with the US in the Indo-Pacific Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Forces take part in a live fire exercise in Gotmba, Japan, in 2021 © Bloomberg

Japan to sign military pact with UK as allies eye China threat on twitter (opens in a new window) Japan to sign military pact with UK as allies eye China threat on facebook (opens in a new window) Japan to sign military pact with UK as allies eye China threat on linkedin (opens in a new window) Japan to sign military pact with UK as allies eye China threat on whatsapp (opens in a new window) Save Kana Inagaki in Tokyo and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington NOVEMBER 6 2022 264 Receive free Asia-Pacific updates We’ll send you a myFT Daily Digest email rounding up the latest Asia-Pacific news every morning. Japan and the UK are set to sign a major defence pact in December that will enable the countries to enhance co-operation with the US in the Indo-Pacific and boost deterrence against the rising threat from China. The countries will sign a Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA), according to two people familiar with the talks. It will follow a similar deal Japan signed with Australia in January and is another sign of Tokyo forging deeper defence ties with allies and partners to prepare for the possibility of a war with China over Taiwan. The pact will make joint exercises and logistics co-operation between the nations easier. It will also set a legal framework to simplify cumbersome bureaucratic red tape for the entry of troops into each other’s countries.

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