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    Japan, Australia to expand defence ties for regional order

    TOKYO (AP) – Japan and Australia’s defence ministers yesterday vowed to step up their ties to support democratic values in the Indo-Pacific region and agreed to work more closely with Southeast Asia and the Pacific island nations where China is seeking to expand its influence.

    Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles and his Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi, said that region-wide cooperation is necessary to maintain and strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific, where there is growing fear that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may embolden China to increase its assertiveness.

    The ministers’ talks came just three days after they met in Singapore on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum.

    “It is clear that our region faces the most complex set of strategic circumstances we have had since the end of World War II and what the region does matters,” Marles told a joint news conference in Tokyo after holding talks with Kishi.

    “Only by working together can we uphold the rules-based international order, contribute to an effective balance of military power and ensure our region remains stable, peaceful and prosperous,” Marles added.

    Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles with Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi at the press conference. PHOTO: AP
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