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Gist of Japan-Australia joint statement, Nov. 16

Free and open Indo-Pacific

 

The two countries will deepen cooperation to secure a free, open, inclusive, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region under the rule of law.

 

Promotion of free trade

 

Both sides welcome the fact that seven nations, including Japan and Australia, have completed domestic procedures for the effectuation of the TPP agreement. The two countries confirmed the expansion of a free market both within and beyond the Indo-Pacific region. The two countries will work for the conclusion of negotiations for the East Asian Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) next year.

 

High-quality infrastructure development

 

The two countries will cooperate to strengthen the solidarity of the Indo-Pacific region through the construction of high-quality infrastructure based on international standards, including openness, transparency, and economic viability.

 

Security

 

Japan and Australia will deepen their mutually-beneficial defense cooperation and strengthen their special strategic partnership. The two countries will work for the completion at an early period next year of negotiations for an agreement on reciprocal visits to improve administrative and legal procedures to facilitate joint operations and exercises. The two countries will further strengthen cooperation among Japan, Australia, India, and the United States.

 

North Korea

 

Japan and Australia support the international community’s commitment for the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles based on UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. The two countries emphasize the importance of full implementation of UNSC resolutions against North Korea and call for an immediate solution to the issue of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese nationals.

 

South China Sea

 

Japan and Australia urge the nations concerned to make their territorial and maritime claims based on international law.

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