Updated: October 24, 2022 3:48 PM IST
Perth [Australia]Oct 24 (ANI): Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese signed a security pact in a joint statement to bolster trilateral security relations with the United States and boost defense engagement.
The two nations signed the joint declaration for the first time in 15 years, according to Kyodo News.
The move came amid a growing surge in China’s quest to take over the Asia-Pacific region. The two leaders met with the intention of addressing issues that may affect the sovereignty of their countries.
When Xi Jinping was elected to a historic third term through the National Party Congress that concluded on Saturday, his deal came amid growing concerns that Beijing could step up military provocations against Taiwan as the communist nation already considers its territory.
Additionally, Kishida and Albanese signed a joint statement to work together to deter aggression and behavior that undermines international norms.
Notably, Kishida began a three-day visit to Australia on Friday and Albanese confirmed the importance of a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, Kyodo News reported. In a statement, the two leaders also discussed and reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
Furthermore, Xi’s statement at the week-long 20th National Congress has dashed any hope that the world will rid itself of the geopolitical threat and tension very soon.
He stressed safeguarding China’s core interests (read as the country’s territorial claims), strengthening military capabilities, and not abandoning the use of force for Taiwan’s reunification, The HK Post reported.
This leaves little room for speculation about China’s move over the next five years as it continues to project its military might into the Indo-Pacific region, where Taiwan’s unification by force will pit it against the US. triggering a possible war between the two. countries. (AND ME)