Japan, Australia reach ‘landmark’ security agreement

Australian PM Morrison visits Japan, meets with counterpart Suga
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga bow at the start of their meeting at Suga’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan November 17, 2020. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS

17 Nov 2020 07:08PM(Updated: 18 Nov 2020 12:56AM) CNA

TOKYO: Japan and Australia agreed on a breakthrough defence pact on Tuesday (Nov 17) allowing reciprocal visits for training and operations, and voiced concern over the disputed South China Sea, where China is extending its military influence.

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Japan and Australia seek to align on defence as China’s regional influence grows

Japanese PM Suga speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct 21, 2020. (Photo: Dita Alangkara/Pool via REUTERS)

16 Nov 2020 03:31PM CNA

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, may agree a historic defence pact on Tuesday (Nov 17) that will closely align two key US allies in Asia as a counter to China’s growing influence in the region.

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