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Kishida eyeing trip to Australia

  • December 24, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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According to Friday’s Yomiuri, Prime Minister Kishida is considering visiting Australia in early January for a meeting with PM Morrison to demonstrate stronger bilateral relations and unity among the Quad partners. The Japanese leader reportedly plans to travel to Canberra since he has given up on traveling to the U.S. Kishida and Morrison are expected to sign a reciprocal access accord (RAA) for defense cooperation.

 

In a follow-up, the daily wrote today that in case Kishida elects not to visit Canberra on account of the Omicron variant situation at home and in Australia, the ambassadors of each nation will ink the RAA, which will facilitate the two militaries’ conducting trilateral training with U.S. forces. The paper added that Tokyo is also set to hold RAA talks with the UK and France.

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