Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison greets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at Suga's official residence in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison greets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at Suga's official residence in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Diplomacy

Japan and Australia agree on military pact with eye on China’s influence in Indo-Pacific

  • When ratified, it will be the first defence agreement for Tokyo since it signed a status of forces accord with Washington in 1960
  • The pact is seen as a way for Japan to ‘diversify its security capabilities’ away from the US

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison greets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at Suga's official residence in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison greets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at Suga's official residence in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
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