Japan racks up new security deals with eyes on China

SpaceWar.com reports: “Space defence, US troop deployments and a ‘hugely significant’ deal with Britain: Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is collecting more than souvenirs on his whirlwind diplomatic tour.

Defence has dominated his agenda this week in meetings with Group of Seven allies in Europe and North America, as the Japanese leader seeks to draw friends closer in the face of growing pressure from China, analysts say.

Japan wants to normalise its ‘role as a great power’, Amy King, associate professor at the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, told AFP.

It seeks ‘the kinds of strategic partnerships and defence relationships that are quite normal for other countries, but which have been largely off-limits to Japan’ because of its pacifist post-war constitution…”

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