Japan and Australia have pledged to promote the Quad Group’s security cooperation, including the United States and India, in response to China’s increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, a media report said. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne, agreed at a meeting in Liverpool on Saturday to take the two countries’ “special strategic partnership” to a higher level as part of efforts to create a free and open Indo-Pacific, Kyodo News reported.
Both heads of state and government underlined the importance of a pact between Japan, Australia and the United States as well as Micronesia, Nauru and Kiribati. The aim of the agreement is to build a new undersea cable to improve the Internet connection to the three Pacific island states. The two heads of state and government held talks on the sidelines of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Group of Seven on Sunday.
Australian Minister Payne, along with her colleagues from South Korea, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, were invited to extended sessions on Sunday, apparently to persuade the G-7 countries to tighten the noose around Beijing, whose military and economic clout is in According to Kyodo News, the Info Pacific is growing. (ANI)
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