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UK will begin talks with Japan on deeper defense ties, says defense chief

LONDON, United Kingdom - Britain said on Tuesday that it would begin formal negotiations with Japan to deepen their defence relationship as part of Britain's shift in strategic focus towards the Indo-Pacific region.

British defense minister Ben Wallace said the talks would seek to create conditions for a deeper and more complex defense engagement program as well as the terms for UK and Japanese personnel undertaking activity in one another's countries. -- Reuters