Japan And Australia Stress Importance Of 'Peace And stability' In Taiwan Strait For First Time

Japan And Australia Stress Importance Of 'Peace And stability' In Taiwan Strait For First Time

Japan and Australia affirmed the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait while agreeing to deepen bilateral security cooperation amid China's rising assertiveness in regional waters.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • Tokyo and Canberra also confirmed at the virtual security talks that the Self-Defense Forces [SDF] would protect Australian military assets in non-combat situations, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said.
  • In a joint statement issued after the ninth "two-plus-two" bilateral talks, Japan and Australia's foreign and defense ministers said for the first time they "underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues."
  • Canberra became the second country after the United States, whose assets Tokyo is allowed to protect under Japanese security legislation that came into force in 2016.
  • Kishi said the SDF would provide protection when Australia gathers information on ballistic missiles, holds joint drills to improve its defense capability for Japan, and engages in transportation and supply activities during a crisis that could greatly affect Japan's security.
  • China urged all sides to stop interfering in its internal affairs and stop sabotaging regional peace and stability, said a ministry spokesman.

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