Australia and Japan to maintain status quo in East and South China Seas

BYYasir Rehman


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Australia and Japan Tuesday discussed and expressed their strong opposition to any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas and any economic coercion.

Japan’s new foreign minister Hayashi Yoshimasa held a video teleconference meeting with Senator Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia on November 16. Said a statement issued by the ministry of foreign affairs of Japan.

“Minister Hayashi hopes to work hand in glove with Minister Payne in elevating the “Special Strategic Partnership” between Japan and Australia to a higher level and cooperate with her toward the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”, statement read.

Japan’s new foreign minister Hayashi Yoshimasa

The two Ministers concurred that they would communicate closely with each other for further advancing the Japan-Australia relations through cooperation in the areas of security and defense and economy, through coordination with allies and like-minded countries, including cooperation between Japan, Australia, India and the U.S. and between Japan, Australia and the U.S. and through cooperation on global issues.

Without naming China, two Ministers also shared their strong opposition to any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas and any economic coercion.

They also discussed the situation in North Korea including its nuclear and missile-related activities and confirmed that they would continue to work together on the response to North Korea, including the abductions issue.

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