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Japan and the U.K. have agreed to commence negotiations on an agreement that would enhance interoperability and collaboration between the armed forces of both countries, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at a news conference Tuesday.

The talks on a Japan-U.K. Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) come amid efforts to counter China’s growing military influence in Asia, with the first round of negotiations set to be held on Oct. 7.

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