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19 Novembre 2020

Australia

AUSTRALIA-JAPAN DEFENCE PACT

Joint military exercises between Australian and Japan could escalate within a year after Scott Morrison and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga reached in-principle agreement on a two-way defence treaty in Tokyo on Tuesday night. The agreement was reached after six years of negotiation. Signed amid rising tensions with China, the Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) represented "a pivotal moment in the history of Japan-Australia ties", Mr Morrison said. Brothers in arms: Scott Morrison and Yoshihide Suga at a welcoming ceremony in Tokyo yesterday.  "The significance of the RAA cannot be understated,'' he said. "It will form a key plank of Australia’s and Japan’s response to an increasingly challenging security environment in our region amid more uncertain strategic circumstances." Mr Morrison, who met Mr Suga on Tuesday night, will invite the Japanese PM to Australia next year for the final signing, once each country's government has separately approved the terms of the agreement, including the legal text. Australia does not need to legislate the agreement but it will be examined by Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, which scrutinises free trade deals and other such arrangements. After the United States, Japan is now Australia's strongest regional ally and both countries are in lock-step in their views that China should abide with the rules-based order. Both leaders discussed working more closely together on helping countries in south-east Asia and the south-west Pacific, to push back against Chinese influence. "The Australian and Japanese militaries have in recent years increased cooperation and exercise activities. These have enhanced our ability to work together towards our common security objectives in the Indo-Pacific region and our military interoperability. In-principle agreement on the RAA will only see that grow,'' Mr Morrison said. The agreement will cover joint military training exercises and natural disaster and humanitarian support. Earlier on Tuesday, during discussions with Japanese business leaders on the potential for hydrogen exports, Mr Morrison said Australia shared Japan’s ambition of achieving net zero emissions.   (ICE SYDNEY)


Fonte notizia: AFR