Security agreement between Japan and Australia to counter China

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Kishida told reporters in Japan on Monday that he expected talks with Albanese, in the first visit to Australia by a Japanese leader since 2018, to cover security, energy and food.

John Howard hosted a 2007 visit to Australia by then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Credit:SWIMMING POOL

“We will cooperate to advance our security and economic strategy,” he said, according to a Nikkei report on the new deal.

Nikkei said the new declaration would emphasize a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and that Japan would seek to work more closely with the Five Eyes, the group formed by Australia, Canada, New Zealand , the United Kingdom and the United States to collect and share information.

Australia continued its diplomatic efforts in the region this week, with Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles visiting Tonga and Papua New Guinea and Foreign Minister Penny Wong visiting the Cook Islands.

“Prime Minister Kishida and I will discuss ways to strengthen our cooperation and achieve our shared vision of a peaceful, stable, climate-resilient and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Albanese said in a statement.

Albanese added that Australia would remain a “stable and reliable supplier” of energy to Japan.

Energy security is a key issue for Kishida at a time when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to oil and gas shortages and price hikes hurting Japanese manufacturers and consumers.

Japan's Ambassador to Australia, Shingo Yamagami, has warned that rising coal royalties in Queensland could hamper Japanese investment.

Japan’s Ambassador to Australia, Shingo Yamagami, has warned that rising coal royalties in Queensland could hamper Japanese investment.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

As Albanian and federal ministers warn gas exporters to keep sending supplies to Australia’s domestic market to keep prices low for local manufacturers and households, Japan is growing fearful of losing supplies under of contracts his companies signed years ago.

Japanese investors have also complained to the Queensland government about plans to raise royalties on coal miners, which increases the cost of energy shipped to Japan.

Yamagami met with Queensland Treasurer Milton Dick on July 8 and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on July 27 to share this.

The update to the security agreement reflects sweeping changes in regional security since Howard and Abe announced the agreement in March 2007, the first time Japan had signed such an agreement with a country other than the United States. United. These talks also touched on the idea of ​​the ‘Quad’ alliance between Australia, Japan, India and the United States, but this was dropped when Labor took power later that year. .

Australia tightened defense ties with Japan when then Prime Minister Tony Abbott met Abe in Tokyo in April 2014, although a submarine deal subsequently fell through. The two countries signed a reciprocal access agreement in January this year to establish the legal framework allowing each to station troops on the territory of the other.

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