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UK carrier to hold naval drills with Japan in Asian waters

As China increases its global presence, Tokyo and London pledge stronger ties

The HMS Queen Elizabeth entered service in 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Navy)

TOKYO/LONDON -- Japan and the U.K. will hold joint exercises during a British aircraft carrier group's deployment to Asian waters this year, the countries agreed Wednesday.

In the first two-plus-two meeting between the countries since December 2017, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi spoke with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace via videoconference.

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