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Japanese PM Abe and Australian PM Turnbull agree to deepen defense ties

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Published: 10:28 GMT, Jan 14, 2017 |
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who is on an official visit to Australia, met with his counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Saturday (Jan 14) where the pair agreed to deepen defense ties between the two nations through joint military training and exercises.

Abe’s visit to Australia is the first since Turnbull became prime minister in late 2015, and comes amid heightened regional tension as China asserts its claims over the disputed South China Sea.

“We have confirmed our commitment to the rule of law, free trade and open markets in our region, the foundation on which our prosperity, and that of billions of other people in our region depends,” Turnbull said at the conclusion of bilateral talks.

Abe said the increasingly uncertain geopolitical landscape made the special relationship between Japan and Australia more important than ever.

“In a situation where there is increasing uncertainty and nebulousness on the political and security and economic scenes it is important to guard and increase the robustness of the free, open and rules based international order,” Abe added.

The leaders signed the Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA), w