Australia wants ‘broad and deep’ security ties with Japan, minister says

TOKYO, June 15 (Reuters) – Australia wants “broad and deep” cooperation with Japan as the two U.S. allies face complex security conditions in Asia following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine , rising inflation and disruptions related to COVID-19, its defense minister said. Wednesday.

“It is clear that our region is facing the most complex set of strategic circumstances that we have known since the end of the Second World War,” said the minister, Richard Marles, during a press conference with his Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi, after talks in Tokyo. .

The allies have stepped up defense cooperation to counterbalance China’s growing military power and influence in Asia.

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is spurring a deepening of those ties, fearing that what Russia calls its “special operation” could encourage China to use force against self-governing Taiwan.

Marles said Australia and Japan would use a reciprocal access agreement signed in January to engage in deeper and more sophisticated cooperation that would enhance the interoperability of their militaries.

The access pact provides a legal basis for Australian and Japanese forces to visit each other and establishes a framework for cooperation.

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Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Robert Birsel

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