Japan, Australia eye new security deal amid China’s military build-up
- Prime Ministers Fumio Kishida and Anthony Albanese are expected to sign the agreement when they meet this weekend in Perth
- The pact would be more ‘ambitious’ than the 2007 version, which had focused primarily on the threat of terrorism
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the new agreement would be more “ambitious” than the 2007 version, which had focused primarily on the threat of terrorism.
Australian government officials were not immediately available for comment on the reports.
At their first meeting in May, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Kishida said they were working toward a new Japan-Australia Joint Declaration to deepen security cooperation between their two countries.
The four-nation group, which has grown in stature in recent years as a counter to China, has been chastised by Beijing as a “clique” that could stoke a new Cold War.
In November 2020, Australia and Japan announced they had signed a reciprocal security access agreement, allowing each nation to deploy military forces to the other for training and humanitarian missions if necessary.