A rising China is pushing Australia and Japan closer. Both want a free and open Indo-Pacific. Therefore, they are cooperating to counter China’s efforts to dominate this region.
Australia and Japan have been in the news lately. The prime ministers of both countries got together to issue a Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation (JDSC). They reaffirmed their vital “Special Strategic Partnership.” The two leaders also promised to “strengthen economic security, particularly through the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) and the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative.” So security now includes not only defense but also economics.
The Dragon in the Room
Why is love in the air for Australia and Japan?
The answer is simple: China.