Japanese Defense Minister Visits HMS Queen Elizabeth

Politics

Yokosuka, Kanagawa Pref., Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi visited the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Monday during the British cutting-edge aircraft carrier's first port call in Japan.

"I felt Britain's strong determination toward the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region," Kishi told reporters after his visit.

The port call by the 65,000-ton Queen Elizabeth, the British Royal Navy's largest vessel, underscores London's commitment to a Japan-U.S. cooperation in ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific and countering China.

Kishi also visited a Dutch naval vessel, part of a carrier strike group led by the Queen Elizabeth.

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