Jointly Combat China’s Threat, Japan And Australia Sign “Historic” Defense Reciprocal Access Agreement

Australia and Japan signed a treaty to strengthen defense and security cooperation. This so-called “historical” move is the latest example of the strengthening of cooperation among US allies to combat the growing threat from China.

Australian Prime Minister Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a video summit on Thursday (January 6, 2022) and signed the Australia-Japan Defence Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA).

Morrison said to Kishida Fumio at the signing ceremony, “The Reciprocal Access Agreement is a landmark treaty that opens a new chapter for the two sides’ deep cooperation in the field of defense and security. You and I understand that we are facing each other. A complex and rapidly changing world.”

Morrison said in a statement a day ago 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.

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

Japan And Australia Sign "Historic" Defense Reciprocal Access Agreement
Defense Reciprocal Access Agreement

Australia signed the Australia-UK-US Tripartite Security Agreement (August) 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. Friends, Beijing claims that this agreement seriously undermines regional peace and stability and intensifies the arms race, undermines international non-proliferation efforts.

The Australia-Japan Defense Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) is the second defense treaty signed by Japan and a foreign country after the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty.

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.

As China strengthens its military power and continues to seek expansion in surrounding waters and the Indo-Pacific region, Washington and its allies are deepening cooperation. The core of this cooperation is the United States, Japan, India, and Australia (Quad). In recent months, the countries of the Group of Four have strengthened joint military exercises and have introduced European and other countries to participate.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated at a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday 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 and stability. ,

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