Japan Australia Deal: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, Tuesday signed a landmark defence deal in a bid to counter China’s growing influence in the South China Sea and over the Pacific island nations.
Reciprocal Access Agreement,RAA comes weeks after foreign ministers of the Quad alliance, which includes the US and India, met in Tokyo.
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Japan Australia Deal is a landmark deal between the two nations. The pact allows Japanese and Australian troops to visit each other’s countries and conduct training and joint operations and was agreed in principle by Japanese Prime Minister and his Australian counterpart, who is visiting Tokyo.
Australian Prime Minister said that the treaty is expected to strengthen their security ties and facilitate cooperation between defence forces.
The joint statement said, the two sides also agreed on the need for a framework to allow Japanese military to protect Australian forces if needed.
It also expressed serious concern about the situation in the South China Sea and reconfirmed their strong opposition to any coercive or unilateral attempts to change the status quo and thereby increase tensions in the region.
This comes fter China announcment to conduct military training in the South China Sea from today till the end of this month.
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