Australia and Japan will sign a “historical treaty” at a virtual summit on Thursday to strengthen defense and security cooperation. This move is seen as a response to China’s growing claims in the Indo-Pacific region.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison statement The signing of a mutual access agreement with Japan’s Fumio Kishida would “support greater and more complex practical involvement” between the defense forces of both countries.
“This Convention will be a statement of our commitment to work together to address the common strategic security challenges we face and contribute to a safe and stable Indo-Pacific,” Morrison said. Stated.
“For the first time, this provides a clear framework for strengthening interoperability and cooperation between the two units.”
The announcement was made after Fumio Kishida canceled his trip to the United States and Australia due to the surge in domestic and international spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the new coronavirus.
Although Morrison’s statement did not mention China, the treaty is a quad “expanded agenda,” an informal strategic strategy between the United States, Australia, India, and Japan that promotes the Free and Open Indo-Pacific. He said he would contribute to the security dialogue. ..
The agreement will also allow Australia and Japan to share a technology-led approach to reducing carbon emissions, he added.
The treaty between Australia and Japan follows the formation of AUKUS in September, which is a new defense pact between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, and Australia is the first nuclear power plant under this agreement. Get it.
China Blame The AUKUS agreement stated that the trilateral nuclear submarine cooperation “significantly undermined the peace and stability of the region, intensified the arms race and weakened international non-proliferation efforts.”
In early December, Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne took each country’s “special strategic partnership” to a “higher level” to achieve the goal of a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” Agreed to raise it. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
The two ministers, who met beside the G7 Foreign Ministers and Development Ministers’ Meeting, emphasized that Japan and Australia will continue to support the construction of quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region, including leveraging the framework of Japan and Australia. .. , And the United States.
Australia and the United States also reaffirm their efforts to promote peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and aim to deepen their alliance amid concerns about China’s military and economic ambitions in the region.
Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.