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Japan and Australia will sign a defense and security treaty to achieve a “historical” breakthrough


Data photo: The Japanese and Australian navies took a group photo next to the flags of the Japanese and Australian armed forces before the joint military exercise at a military base in Sydney, Australia.  (April 19, 2016)
Data photo: The Japanese and Australian navies took a group photo next to the flags of the Japanese and Australian armed forces before the joint military exercise at a military base in Sydney, Australia. (April 19, 2016)

Australia and Japan will sign a treaty to strengthen defense and security cooperation on January 6. This so-called “historical” move is the latest example of the strengthening of cooperation among US allies against the growing threat from China. This move may anger China.

According to the Associated Press, Australian Prime Minister Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will hold a video summit on Thursday to sign the agreement. Morrison said the agreement will support broader and more complex actual contacts between the Australian armed forces and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

Morrison said in a statement released on Wednesday that the latest defense treaty with Japan is historic and will provide a clear framework for strengthening interoperability and cooperation between the two defense forces for the first time.

Morrison also said, “This treaty will show that our two countries are committed to jointly addressing the common strategic security challenges we face and contribute to the establishment of a safe and stable Indo-Pacific region.”

According to reports, Australia signed the Australia-UK-US Tripartite Security Agreement (Aukus) with the United States and the United Kingdom in September last year. The United States and Britain pledged to help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines. This agreement angered China. Beijing claims that the agreement seriously undermines regional peace and stability, accelerates the arms race, and undermines international non-proliferation efforts.

Australia, the United States, Japan and India are also members of the Quad. Morrison also said on Wednesday that Australia will contribute to an expanded agenda for the Group of Four.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin responded at a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, saying that China always believes that exchanges and cooperation between countries should help promote mutual understanding and trust between countries in the region and help maintain regional peace. Stability, “should not target or harm the interests of third parties.”

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the Australia-Japan defense treaty made Australia the second country after the United States to sign a formal defense agreement with Japan. This treaty includes allowing Australian soldiers to enter Japan.

Japan and Australia said later in 2020 that they will seek to remove legal and administrative barriers, allow their armed forces to enter each other’s countries, conduct more joint training and provide rapid military support in the event of a crisis.

The treaty also means that the forces of both sides will freely enter each other’s country for training and exercises without having to negotiate conditions every time.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday that based on the principle of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region, Japan hopes to enhance cooperation with the United States, Australia and India and establish close relations with the leaders of these countries through close consultations.

The report stated that as the CCP strengthens its military strength, Washington and its allies are deepening cooperation. The core of this cooperation is the Group of Four. In recent months, the countries of the Group of Four have strengthened joint military exercises and have introduced European and other countries to participate.

Japan’s Kishida Fumio said on Tuesday that he will cancel overseas trips before the start of the Japanese parliament meeting on January 17, in order to concentrate on formulating anti-epidemic measures.

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