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TOKYO: Britain and Japan will sign a defense deal on Thursday aimed at boosting Britain’s military presence in the Pacific as Rishi Sunak arrives in Britain for a four-day visit.
The prime minister, who will be traveling abroad with his wife for the first time, will travel to Hiroshima for the G7 summit after making deals with Japanese companies in Tokyo.
During his visit to Japan, he said he wanted to promote Britain’s economic superiority, promote unity over the war in Ukraine and help develop a common approach to dealing with China’s rise.
“There will be a lot of diplomatic activity in the next few days, probably three main ones,” Sunak told reporters. The first, I believe, is to create jobs domestically and ensure economic growth.
“The second thing is to continue our leadership on the Ukrainian issue, which we should all unite and be proud of. Just like I do on all these forums. , talking with colleagues about maintaining and increasing support for Ukraine, thinking not only about immediacy, but also about long-term security agreements that we want to conclude to provide deterrence to Ukraine in the future.
“And the third is to look back at where we are now, Japan and the Indo-Pacific, and see the importance of that region, not only economically, but also from a security perspective, and particularly with regard to China. I believe.” As G7 allies, we are confident that we are united in our approach to defending against the risks and challenges posed by China. ”
The prime minister will meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and sign a new “Hiroshima Agreement” that promises close cooperation in the areas of defense, scientific research and economics.
The two countries will sign a “consultation clause.” This means that all major security issues must be discussed with each other and how to respond, but within the government the move is seen as a step back from a formal defense alliance. ing. nat etc.
Sunak also wants help with semiconductors, a vital technological component of all forms of computing, whose production is currently concentrated in just a few countries.
The British prime minister will also agree to a plan for British and Japanese scientists to work together to develop new environmental technologies.
During his stay in Japan, the prime minister will hold one-on-one meetings with the leaders of France, India and Indonesia, as well as participate in summit meetings with other G7 members, the United States, Canada, Germany and the summit. Italy.
His wife, Akshatta Murthy, will also attend the summit and will join other leaders’ spouses in discussing peace with university students. She has become increasingly active in her political activism, including hosting Jill Biden in London on her coronation weekend.