Australia and Japan will sign a treaty on Thursday to strengthen defense and security cooperation. This move is hailed as “historic” but may anger China
“Australia and Japan are the closest friends,” Morrison added. “Our special strategic partnership is stronger than ever, reflecting our common values, our commitment to democracy and human rights, and our common interests in a free, open and resilient Indo-Pacific region.”
In September, Australia signed the so-called Aukus Trilateral Security Agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom, under which the two countries pledged to help Australia obtain nuclear-powered submarines.
The agreement made China feel uneasy, saying that Okus “seriously undermined regional peace and stability, intensified the arms race, and undermined international non-proliferation efforts.”
In a statement on Wednesday, Morrison described the latest treaty with Japan as historic and stated that “it will provide a clear framework for enhancing interoperability and cooperation between our two militaries for the first time.”
Morrison said: “The treaty will show that our two countries are committed to jointly responding to the common strategic security challenges we face, and to contribute to a safe and stable Indo-Pacific region.”
The United States and Australia, as well as India and Japan, are also members of the so-called “quartet” strategic dialogue. Morrison said on Wednesday that Australia will also contribute to this “expanding agenda.”