Japan, Australia agree in principle to security agreement

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The leaders of Japan and Australia reached a preliminary agreement on a bilateral defense pact on November 17, according to a joint statement by the countries' leaders.

The deal, dubbed the Reciprocal Access Agreement, bolsters ties between the two U.S. allies amid rising Chinese military assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region.

If ratified, the agreement would make it easier for troops from both sides to share military bases and streamline cooperation during military exercises.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga held in-person talks during which they also agreed to cooperate on climate change.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Reciprocal Access Agreement
2. Japanese F-35 lands on Australian ship
3. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
4. U.S. forces in Japan
5. Disputed South China Sea claims
6. The "Quad" forum
7. Malabar exercises
8. Quad-Plus countries and China

VOICEOVER (in English):

"The leaders of Japan and Australia reached a preliminary agreement on a bilateral defense pact on Tuesday, November 17, according to a statement from Australia's prime minister. The deal, dubbed the Reciprocal Access Agreement, bolsters ties between the two U.S. allies amid rising Chinese military assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region."

"If ratified, the agreement would allow the countries to train on each other's territory, make it easier for troops from both sides to share military bases, and streamline cooperation during military exercises and disaster missions."

"Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese premier Yoshihide Suga held in-person talks during which they also agreed to cooperate in tackling climate change. Their meeting follows Sunday's signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which would become the world's largest trade bloc and includes China, Japan, Australia and 12 other Asia-Pacific countries."

"For Japan, the deal is the first of its kind since the 'status of forces' agreement with the U.S. was signed in 1960. That agreement allows for some 50,000 American troops to be stationed on bases throughout Japan."

"In a joint statement, Suga and Morrison expressed 'serious concerns about the situation' in the South and East China Seas and 'strong opposition' to militarizing disputed islands and other unilateral attempts to change the status quo, without explicitly mentioning China."

"The talks coincided with exercises in the Northern Arabia Sea, involving the four countries that comprises the 'Quad': the U.S., Japan, Australia and India. The Quad is an informal strategic forum between the four countries that is rapidly solidifying into a formidable anti-Chinese bloc."

"That naval drill, code-named 'Malabar,' included India's Vikramaditya naval carrier battle group, the U.S. Navy's Nimitz strike group, and frontline warships from Austrlia and Japan."

"Beijing has described the Quad as an 'Asian NATO' designed to counter China. The group already shows signs of expanding. In March the Quad-Plus countries — India, US, Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Vietnam — held a second round of diplomatic talks focusing on the coronavirus pandemic."

SOURCES: Associated Press, Prime Minister of Australia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
https://news.yahoo.com/australia-japan-bolster-defense-ties-062107821.html
https://www.pm.gov.au/media/reciprocal-access-agreement
https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/files/100116180.pdf