Boris Johnson told the Japanese prime minister “there is direct read across from the actions of autocratic, coercive powers in Europe, to what may happen in East Asia” as they met in Downing Street for talks today.
Mr Johnson and Fumio Kishida formally agreed a new defence pact which will allow Japanese and British forces to deploy together to carry out training, joint exercises and disaster relief activities (see the post below at 10.24).
Speaking in No 10 alongside Mr Kishida, the PM said events are bringing the two countries closer together, and the world has observed the “strong stance” the Japanese government has taken “against the Russian aggression in Ukraine”.
Mr Johnson said: “We in the UK recognise that our security in Europe is indivisible from the security, our collective security, in the Asia-Pacific, in the Indo-Pacific region.
“And there is direct read across from the actions of autocratic, coercive powers in Europe, to what may happen in East Asia. And that’s why we want to work more closely together.
“And today I’m so glad that we’ve agreed the reciprocal access agreement between our armed services. And we’re also embarked on a fantastic project together on the future of military aviation.”