Australia and Japan announce historic defence pact

Australia and Japan are on the verge of signing a historic defence pact, to strengthen their cooperation against China.

It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison spent a day visiting the new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

He became the first Prime Minister to meet Mr Suga in person.


Both countries have agreed ‘in-principle’ on a defence pact which will strengthen military cooperation amid rising tensions with China.

It’s been nearly six years since the agreement was first thought of, and will be officially signed next year once details are finalised.

Australia’s trade relationship with China has become particularly strained this year, with China announcing various import bans on Australian produce.

Scott Morrison hailed the agreement as a pivotal moment for the two countries.

“Australia and Japan have a very unique perspective on the Indo Pacific, as liberal democracies that are market based, with similar issues of having a great alliance – each of us – with the United States, and a significant relationship with China particularly on trade and be able to manage both of those opportunities,” Mr Morrison said.