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Japan, Australia Upgrade Security Pact Amid China’s Rise

Fumio Kishida, left, shakes hands with Anthony Albanese in Perth on Oct. 22.
Fumio Kishida, left, shakes hands with Anthony Albanese in Perth on Oct. 22.Photographer: Stefan Gosatti/AFP/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese signed a bilateral security agreement on Saturday to bolster cooperation amid concerns over China’s increasing regional power.

The new pact, signed in Perth, Australia, commits the two US allies to deeper collaboration over the coming decade, including intelligence sharing and more sophisticated joint military exercises. They agreed to consult one other on contingencies that may affect regional security interests. Trilateral cooperation with the US is “critical” the agreement says.