Australian, Japanese regimes sign “historic” military pact

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“The leaders of Australia and Japan have signed a ‘historic’ defence treaty that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said would ‘contribute to a secure and stable Indo-Pacific’ as China expands its military and economic clout in the region. The treaty was signed during a virtual summit between Morrison and his Australian counterpart, Fumio Kishida on Thursday. Called the Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA), the treaty is only Japan’s second such agreement. Its only other military pact is with the United States, a status of force agreement that dates back to 1960.” (01/05/22)