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Australia and Japan to sign defense and security cooperation treaty

January 5, 2022 5:33 pm
[Source: Reuters]

Australia and Japan are set to sign a treaty to strengthen defense and security cooperation at a virtual summit on Thursday, after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida canceled trips to Australia and the United States due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the two leaders will sign a Reciprocal Access Agreement, which will for the first time set out a framework for the two countries’ defense forces to cooperate with each other.

Morrison says this treaty will be a statement of their two nations’ commitment to work together in meeting the shared strategic security challenges faced.

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The strengthened security ties expand on efforts by the US, Japan, India and Australia — dubbed the Quad — to work on shared concerns about China in the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia and Japan also plan to discuss opportunities to strengthen government and business partnerships on clean energy, critical technologies and materials.

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