Australia and Japan sign security cooperation treaty | World news

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia and Japan set to sign treaty to boost defense and security cooperation at virtual summit Thursday, after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida canceled trips in Australia and the United States due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the two leaders would sign a reciprocal access agreement, which will for the first time establish a framework for cooperation between the defense forces of the two countries.

“This treaty will be a declaration of the commitment of our two nations to work together to address the common strategic security challenges we face and to contribute to a secure and stable Indo-Pacific,” Morrison said in a statement.

The strengthened security ties build on efforts by the United States, Japan, India and Australia – dubbed the Quad – to work on common concerns about China in the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia and Japan also plan to discuss opportunities to strengthen government and business partnerships on clean energy, critical technologies and materials.

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“Our cooperation also includes an expanding Quad program with India and the United States, and our common technology-driven approach to reducing carbon emissions,” said Morrison.

Fumio said on Tuesday he would forgo overseas visits before the start of the next session of parliament on January 17 to focus on putting in place anti-pandemic measures.

(Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Michael Perry)

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