The New Paper

November 17, 2020

Japan and Australia agree to bilateral defense pact

Australia and Japan agreed to a bilateral defense agreement yesterday following six years of negotiations. The Reciprocal Access Agreement will allow Japanese and Australian troops to visit each other’s countries for joint training exercises and marks Japan’s first agreement covering a foreign military presence since a 1960 pact with the US. 

More context: The agreement comes as Japan and Australia expand diplomatic relations, with both countries signing on to the RCEP (a 15-nation Asia Pacific free trade agreement) on Sunday.

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