March 13, 2007


Australia and Japan sign agreement on security (Reuters, The Associated Press, March 13, 2007)

Japan and Australia signed a security agreement on Tuesday to improve an increasingly close defense relationship, while the leaders of the two countries played down concerns that the pact was directed specifically at China or other countries in the region.

Under the joint declaration signed Tuesday by Prime Minister John Howard of Japan and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Japanese forces will train alongside Australians for disaster relief and peacekeeping missions.

The pact also calls for cooperation between the two countries in counterterrorism measures and intelligence sharing.

They need to incorporate Taiwan, Mongolia, Indonesia & the Philippines.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2007 9:20 AM

Mongolia, I like that - Who do you think would freak out more -China or Russia?

Posted by: BJW at March 13, 2007 10:12 AM
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