Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese pledged Saturday to join hands to tackle contingencies that may affect the sovereignty of their countries, amid China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region.
In a joint declaration on security cooperation, signed by the two nations for the first time in 15 years, Japan and Australia also agreed to deepen trilateral security relations with the United States, while promising to boost their practical defense engagement.