free and open Indo-Pacific

Japan, Australia resolves for a free and open Indo-Pacific

The Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese have resolved for a free and open Indo-Pacific favouring a strategic balance that deters aggression and behaviour that undermines international rules and norms.

After talks in Perth, Kishida and Albanese signed a joint declaration stressing on deepening and expanding comprehensive engagement over the decade ahead.

They highlighted on the efforts for building an open, stable, and secure maritime domain in Indo-Pacific underpinned by adherence to international law, particularly the United Nations.

They underscored the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight on seas that are not subject to coercive or destabilizing actions.

They pointed out the need for inclusive and transparent institutions, norms, and standards that guide cooperation on shared challenges in domains such as cyber, space, critical and emerging technologies, and telecommunications.

They called on for strengthening cooperation for enabling the countries in the region to become resilient to aggression, coercion, disinformation, malicious cyber activity, and other forms of interference, as well as to global challenges such as pandemics, natural disasters, and climate change

They emphasised for continuing regional economic integration underpinned by a rules-based and market-oriented trade and investment system, as well as diverse and resilient supply chains.

They called for expanding cooperation with other partners in the Indo-Pacific and beyond, to align efforts toward the realization of our vision for the Indo-Pacific.

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They also stressed that “We will cooperate with ASEAN and support ASEAN centrality and the fundamental principles of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific and its practical implementation. We will support a resilient and sovereign Pacific region, working with existing institutions, including the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), and supporting the PIF with the implementation of its 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.”

Australia-Japan signed Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation of 2007 and the Special Strategic Partnership established in 2014.

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