Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida waves to his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison (seen on TV screen) at his office in Tokyo on Thursday ahead of the signing of a treaty for joint exercises between the countries. Photo: Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida waves to his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison (seen on TV screen) at his office in Tokyo on Thursday ahead of the signing of a treaty for joint exercises between the countries. Photo: Kyodo

Japan-Australia defence deal could add fuel to China-US rivalry, analysts say

  • Agreement will ease the way for deployment of Australian and Japanese forces and is expected to herald more joint military exercises
  • Conditions could conspire to force more countries in the region to take sides, observer says

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida waves to his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison (seen on TV screen) at his office in Tokyo on Thursday ahead of the signing of a treaty for joint exercises between the countries. Photo: Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida waves to his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison (seen on TV screen) at his office in Tokyo on Thursday ahead of the signing of a treaty for joint exercises between the countries. Photo: Kyodo
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