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South China Sea: Australian PM Scott Morrison reaches Tokyo 

Updated: November 17, 2020 12:08 pm
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived in Tokyo this morning. He will meet his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga. A landmark military pact will be atop the agenda when the two leaders meet.

The move is aimed at countering China’s growing influence in the South China Sea and over the Pacific island nations. The “reciprocal access agreement” will set out the terms and conditions for the Australian and Japanese militaries to undertake exercises on each other’s soil.

The visit comes as China announced it will conduct military training in the South China Sea from today till the end of this month. Mr Morrison and Mr Suga are also expected to discuss the coronavirus response and the potential for a travel bubble between the two countries.

Mr Morrison will also meet with a group of Japanese business leaders to discuss the export of Australian hydrogen into Japan.

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