China is set to sign a 5-years-long arms deal with the United Kingdom that will allow the U.S. to send its troops to Japan for the first time in more than a decade.
President Xi Jinping, who has been pressing for a long-term defense pact with the U, has set the stage for a big deal, with British Prime Minister Theresa May saying she wants to send more U.K. soldiers to the Middle East and Africa to fight terrorism.
U.S.-Japan defense cooperation is not as strong as in previous decades, with the two countries holding just a few dozen military exercises and military exercises annually.
But both sides are set to continue to expand their military cooperation and to sign long-awaited agreements on the deployment of American troops in the Pacific.
The U.KS. and China have been locked in an arms race since the end of World War II, with Japan taking a lead role in supplying U.A.E. troops and the U., through the U-2 spy plane, flying missions over China.
The Pentagon has been working to reduce the number of U.N. troops in Japan by roughly 1,000.
The defense accord is set for signing by May 22 in Tokyo, but U.SA officials said that there are still plenty of details to work out.
It will set a timeline for the deployment, the number and types of U.-UK forces in the region and a timetable for the U.-Japan military cooperation.