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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed in principle Thursday on a defense cooperation pact as part of their efforts to realize a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” in a veiled counter to an increasingly assertive China.

A reciprocal access agreement (RAA), when signed, would enable faster deployment of their troops and allow them to engage in joint training and disaster relief efforts. Japan recently signed a similar RAA with Australia.

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