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Quad: Japan, Australia align to counter China’s growing regional influence

By WION

Members of Quad are stepping up the heat to counter China’s belligerence and growing influence in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian leader Scott Morrison on Tuesday agreed in principle on a Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) that will more closely align the US allies through a legal framework allowing each other’s troops to visit for training and to conduct joint military operations.

Suga said the agreement ensures “Further reinforcement of bilateral corporation in the areas of security, defense cooperation, economy, and others are enshrined in this statement and indeed I wish to strengthen Japan-Australia collaboration even further.”

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said ”We expect to increase our regional cooperation in many forms and the Malabar exercise have been conducted together with the United States and together with India and we would expect to further expand our cooperation in those areas. That’s the whole point of streamlining the arrangements with a status of forces agreement of this nature.”

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