The Fort Worth Press - Japan, Australia ink 'landmark' security pact

USD -
AED 3.672698
AFN 71.945485
ALL 94.960531
AMD 393.846385
ANG 1.801124
AOA 836.999659
ARS 871.222503
AUD 1.55364
AWG 1.8
AZN 1.695038
BAM 1.83576
BBD 2.017834
BDT 109.678146
BGN 1.833114
BHD 0.376952
BIF 2863.860782
BMD 1
BND 1.361392
BOB 6.92047
BRL 5.230089
BSD 0.999343
BTN 83.424286
BWP 13.880363
BYN 3.270509
BYR 19600
BZD 2.014455
CAD 1.372055
CDF 2804.999945
CHF 0.911415
CLF 0.03476
CLP 959.140293
CNY 7.243103
CNH 7.25076
COP 3914.37
CRC 501.88194
CUC 1
CUP 26.5
CVE 103.497311
CZK 23.660799
DJF 177.961329
DKK 6.993375
DOP 58.973709
DZD 134.591437
EGP 48.366499
ERN 15
ETB 56.783619
EUR 0.93735
FJD 2.27385
FKP 0.802762
GBP 0.80729
GEL 2.665019
GGP 0.802762
GHS 13.442026
GIP 0.802762
GMD 67.898872
GNF 8591.300757
GTQ 7.77274
GYD 209.087752
HKD 7.83327
HNL 24.672655
HRK 7.08016
HTG 132.571793
HUF 369.308011
IDR 16225.5
ILS 3.761585
IMP 0.802762
INR 83.412902
IQD 1309.179651
IRR 42062.503778
ISK 141.080091
JEP 0.802762
JMD 155.755169
JOD 0.708801
JPY 154.73802
KES 131.420148
KGS 89.016498
KHR 4061.442577
KMF 462.574951
KPW 900.00035
KRW 1379.410487
KWD 0.308205
KYD 0.832833
KZT 445.917026
LAK 21309.367374
LBP 89493.241975
LKR 301.830298
LRD 193.19797
LSL 19.149539
LTL 2.95274
LVL 0.60489
LYD 4.876103
MAD 10.12418
MDL 17.898442
MGA 4405.89831
MKD 57.775798
MMK 2098.648395
MNT 3450.000346
MOP 8.062869
MRU 39.699267
MUR 46.530067
MVR 15.449961
MWK 1732.323375
MXN 17.02422
MYR 4.784984
MZN 63.501654
NAD 19.1502
NGN 1075.749863
NIO 36.784997
NOK 11.00678
NPR 133.47882
NZD 1.691655
OMR 0.384961
PAB 0.999352
PEN 3.728775
PGK 3.79767
PHP 57.482502
PKR 278.12632
PLN 4.034967
PYG 7393.467242
QAR 3.640502
RON 4.664701
RSD 109.828002
RUB 93.902594
RWF 1288.636086
SAR 3.751203
SBD 8.440171
SCR 14.107988
SDG 586.000211
SEK 10.90442
SGD 1.361175
SHP 1.26345
SLE 22.847303
SLL 20969.503664
SOS 571.504567
SRD 34.527002
STD 20697.981008
SVC 8.744134
SYP 2512.53037
SZL 19.212683
THB 36.971976
TJS 10.918161
TMT 3.51
TND 3.150987
TOP 2.39395
TRY 32.608898
TTD 6.786184
TWD 32.642497
TZS 2580.000227
UAH 39.789467
UGX 3807.995194
UYU 38.370925
UZS 12689.249946
VEF 3622552.534434
VES 36.296673
VND 25450.5
VUV 118.722038
WST 2.803608
XAF 615.696599
XAG 0.035874
XAU 0.000423
XCD 2.70255
XDR 0.758877
XOF 615.69082
XPF 112.45032
YER 250.349427
ZAR 19.07945
ZMK 9001.201861
ZMW 25.658907
ZWL 321.999592
  • SLAC

    0.0050

    10.305

    +0.05%

  • CMSC

    0.0100

    23.9

    +0.04%

  • SCS

    0.1100

    11.94

    +0.92%

  • NGG

    -0.0600

    65.38

    -0.09%

  • AZN

    0.1900

    68.55

    +0.28%

  • GSK

    0.4800

    39.75

    +1.21%

  • BP

    0.6000

    38.52

    +1.56%

  • RBGPF

    0.1400

    51.75

    +0.27%

  • RIO

    0.2900

    66.97

    +0.43%

  • BCC

    -1.0500

    133.6

    -0.79%

  • BTI

    0.2300

    29.05

    +0.79%

  • CMSD

    0.0900

    24.3

    +0.37%

  • BCE

    0.3800

    32.59

    +1.17%

  • RYCEF

    -0.0750

    4.885

    -1.54%

  • JRI

    0.0400

    10.95

    +0.37%

  • VOD

    0.0600

    8.34

    +0.72%

  • RELX

    -0.3600

    41.07

    -0.88%

Japan, Australia ink 'landmark' security pact
Japan, Australia ink 'landmark' security pact / Photo: © POOL/AFP

Japan, Australia ink 'landmark' security pact

Australia and Japan agreed to share more sensitive intelligence and deepen military cooperation Saturday, signing a security pact aimed at countering China's military rise.

Text size:

Prime ministers Fumio Kishida and Anthony Albanese inked the accord in the Western Australian city of Perth, revamping a 15-year-old agreement drafted when terrorism and weapons proliferation were the overriding concerns.

"This landmark declaration sends a strong signal to the region of our strategic alignment", said Albanese, hailing the "Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation".

Under the accord, the two countries agreed military forces would train together in Northern Australia, and would "expand and strengthen cooperation across defence, intelligence sharing", Australian officials said.

Without citing China or North Korea by name, Kishida said the agreement was a response to an "increasingly harsh strategic environment".

Neither Australia nor Japan has the armies of overseas intelligence operatives and foreign informants needed to play in the major leagues of global espionage.

Japan does not have a foreign spy agency equivalent to America's CIA, Britain's MI6, Russia's FSB or Australia's much smaller agency ASIO.

But according to expert Bryce Wakefield, Australia and Japan do have formidable signals and geospatial capabilities -- electronic eavesdropping and high-tech satellites that provide invaluable intelligence on adversaries.

Wakefield, director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, said the agreement could also have broader significance, providing a template for Japan to accelerate intelligence ties with countries like Britain.

Some even see the accord as another step toward Japan joining the powerful Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance between Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

It is "an epoch-making event that Japan can share SIGINT with a foreign nation except for the United States," Ken Kotani, an expert in the history Japanese intelligence at Nihon University told AFP.

"This will strengthen the framework of Quad (Australia, India, Japan and the United States) and the first step for Japan's join to the Five Eyes," he added.

Such a suggestion would have been unthinkable a few decades ago. But events in Japan's neighbourhood have forced a rethink of the country's pacifist policies established in the wake of World War II.

In recent years North Korea has repeatedly lobbed missiles over and around Japan, while China has built the world's largest navy, revamped the globe's biggest standing army, and amassed a nuclear and ballistic arsenal right on Japan's doorstep.

- 'Leaked like a sieve' -

But hurdles remain for Tokyo's closer security cooperation with allies.

Japan's intelligence sharing with the United States and other allies has been hampered by longstanding concerns about Tokyo's ability to handle sensitive confidential material and transmit it securely.

"To put it bluntly Japan has traditionally leaked like a sieve," said Brad Williams, author of a book on Japanese intelligence policy and a professor at the City University of Hong Kong.

Laws have been introduced to more severely punish intelligence leaks, but for now, Australia will likely be forced to scrub any intelligence it passes to Japan for information gleaned from the Five Eyes network.

Prime ministers Kishida and Albanese also vowed more cooperation on energy security.

Japan is a major buyer of Australian gas and has made a series of big bets on hydrogen energy produced in Australia, as it tries to ease a lack of domestic energy production and dependence on fossil fuels.

"Japan imports 40 percent of its LNG from Australia. So it's very important for Japan to have a stable relationship with Australia, from the aspect of energy," a Japanese official said ahead of the meeting.

A.Maldonado--TFWP