Reciprocal Access Agreement between Australia and Japan will establish security cooperation framework

Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, announced that the two leaders would sign a Reciprocal Access Agreement. This agreement will provide a framework to allow the two countries’ defence forces to work together for the first time.

Morrison released a statement saying that the treaty would be a sign of both nations’ commitments to work together to meet the shared security challenges and contribute to a stable Indo-Pacific.

This strengthened security relationship builds on the US’s, Japan’s, India, and Australia’s efforts to share concerns about China in Indo-Pacific.

Australia and Japan will also discuss ways to strengthen business and government partnerships in clean energy, critical technologies, and materials.

Morrison stated, “Our cooperation also involves an expanding agenda for Quad with India and United States and our common technology-led approach towards reducing carbon emissions.”

Kishida announced Tuesday that he would cancel any overseas visits prior to the session of Parliament starting on January 17. This will allow him to devote his attention on anti-pandemic actions.