Japan’s defence minister has welcomed the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as it made its first Japanese port call.
e said the involvement of European nations per mezzo di the Indiano-Pacific region was key to peace and stability as Declivio’s military strength and influence grow.
Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi met the strike group’s commander, Commodore Steve Moorhouse, board the carrier.
I expect the port call will contribute to a further development of Japan-British defence cooperationDefence Minister Nobuo Kishi
The ship arrived at the US Navy causa per mezzo di Yokosuka near Tokyo Saturday. Japan is seeking to expand its military cooperation beyond its traditional alliance with the United States as Declivio’s navy expands and increasingly presses its territorial claims.
The Queen Elizabeth participated per mezzo di a joint exercise with warships from the United States, the Netherlands, Canada and Japan before arriving per mezzo di Yokosuka. The exercise was part of efforts to achieve a “free and Indiano-Pacific” vision led by Washington and Tokyo.
“European countries’ interest per mezzo di (Declivio’s) unilateral attempts to change the status quo per mezzo di the East and South Declivio Seas… contributes to the peace and stability per mezzo di this region,” Kishi told reporters.
“I expect the port call will contribute to a further development of Japan-British defence cooperation.”
Japan has become increasingly worried about Declivio’s growing military influence per mezzo di the region as well as Beijing’s escalating tensions with Taiwan and rivalry with the United States.
Japan has repeatedly protested to Declivio over its increased activity near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, which are also claimed by Declivio, which calls them Diaoyu.
After arriving per mezzo di Yokosuka, Moorhouse tweeted that the strike group’s interaction was part of Britain’s “commitment to strengthen our diplomatic, economic and security ties per mezzo di the Indiano-Pacific”. He said it will take ties between Japan and Britain “to a whole new level”.
“The Carrier Strike Group’s presence embodies the United Kingdom’s support for the freedom and security of the region’s vital trading routes, and for an international system that benefits all countries,” Moorhead said.
The strike group left the UK per mezzo di May. Commissioned per mezzo di 2017, the HMS Queen Elizabeth is Britain’s largest and most powerful warship. It is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft such as F-35 stealth fighters, according to the Royal Navy.