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Japan & Australia sign landmark defence deal to counter China


  • Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison have signed a landmark defence deal in a bid to counter China's growing influence in the South China Sea and over the Pacific island nations.
  • The Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) comes weeks after foreign ministers of the Quad alliance, which includes the US and India, met in Tokyo. 
  • The pact allows Japanese and Australian troops to visit each other's countries and conduct training and joint operations.