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Japan and UK to expand joint military exercises

Both sides see benefit from free and open Indo-Pacific strategy

LONDON -- Japan and the U.K. have agreed to expand the scope of their joint military drills amid rising tensions in Northeast Asia, with plans to conduct their first-ever army exercises together in Japan next year.

Both countries' defense and foreign ministers agreed to draw up a national security action plan that includes the joint army drills in a meeting Thursday.

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