Australia and Japan have both agreed on the Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA); the RAA is more important than it seems as it indicates that both Japan and Australia share a common strategic outlook.


This Jan 22 article by Peter Jennings, the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, makes the following points:

  • Japan and Australia can provide substance to a relationship other than just words.
  • The Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) provides specifics on how our defence forces will cooperate and work with each other.
  • The result of this agreement could mean that Japanese and Australian troops are likely to train and possibly exercise together.
  • Japanese aircraft could access our training ranges.
  • Australian maritime assets could operate out of Japanese ports.
  • By aligning with each other, Australia and Japan can stop China from turning nations in Southeast Asia into separate isolated states.
  • Japan and Australia are determined to keep the USA engaged in their region.
  • Australia might be able also to provide Japan with assured energy supplies.
  • Liquefied natural gas is a major Australian export to Japan.
  • Japan, the USA and Australia are not seeking a confrontation with China.
  • In Jan 2022, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) came into force.
  • The RCEP includes China, Japan and Australia but not the USA.
  • The RAA, together with the AUKUS security pact between Australia, the USA and the UK, and the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, plus a closer relationship with South Korea, show that China cannot intimidate countries in its region.


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