NEWSTICKER

UK, Japan Sign Defense Deal Amid Concerns about China

13 January 2023 01:04

Japan, the only G7 member and main west alliance in Asia, step up its ties with the United Kingdom and the United States amid warming security situation in East Asia.

In iconic tower of London fortress, British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have signed a defense agreement that could see troops deployed to each other’s countries.

The two countries are strengthening military ties, amid growing concern about China’s increasing military assertiveness in East Asia, particularly against Taiwan.

The British government said the it “cements our commitment to the Indo-Pacific” region. The reciprocal access agreement, Japan’s first defense agreement with a European nation, allows the two G7 countries to hold joint military exercises.