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TOKYO (REUTERS) - Britain's HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will lead a flotilla of Royal Navy ships through Asian waters on port visits to Japan and South Korea on its maiden deployment, the British embassy in Tokyo said on Monday (April 26). The high-profile visits, aimed at bolstering security ties in East Asia, come amid tensions in the region as concern grows in Japan over any threat posed to neighbouring Taiwan by China. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden issued a joint statement this month addressing China's growing assertiveness and the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait following their first face-to-face meeting in Washington since both became leaders of their countries. Including the Queen Elizabeth with 18 F-35B stealth fighters, two destroyers, two frigates and two support ships, the British carrier strike group will have to sail through the contested South China Sea, parts of which are claimed by China and South-east Asian countries, on its way to East Asia. The ships will also stop in India and Singapore. It will be joined by vessels from the United States and a frigate from the Netherlands, and will carry out exercises
WASHINGTON - After years of false starts, the just-concluded two-day Climate Summit of 40 countries convened by US President Joe Biden did seem to be a new beginning - a "last best chance", as the President's climate change envoy John Kerry put it.Yet while some leaders made public pledges, most were non-specific. That is why even the most optimistic are only cautiously so. If humanity is to avert 3 deg C or more of warming above pre-industrial levels, which it is on track for now, serious action needs to start now - and nowhere more urgently than in the United States. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month Latest headlines and exclusive storiesIn-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia contentGet access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months* *Terms and conditions apply.