Shared Concerns Over China and the U.S. Drive Japan and Australia Closer Together

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, view military equipment at a site east of Tokyo, Jan. 18, 2018 (AP photo by Eugene Hoshiko).
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, view military equipment at a site east of Tokyo, Jan. 18, 2018 (AP photo by Eugene Hoshiko).
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Last month, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traveled to Japan for what has become an annual summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, highlighting the sustained growth of strategic relations between Tokyo and Canberra. During the visit, both sides agreed on the importance of working together in the Indo-Pacific and combining their shared interests in the rule of law and the freedom of navigation—a signal toward China, with its increasingly aggressive claims in the South China Sea, and the United States, at a time when the Trump administration has raised unfamiliar questions about America’s position in Asia. In a joint […]

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