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Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his British counterpart Dominic Raab on Monday affirmed security cooperation in promoting a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” as China steps up assertive territorial claims in the East and South China seas.

Meeting on the sidelines of a three-day gathering of Group of Seven foreign ministers in London through Wednesday, Motegi welcomed Britain’s scheduled dispatch of the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth and its strike group to Japan and the Indo-Pacific later in the year, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

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