Australian Army Officer to Be Stationed in Japan's SDF

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono and his Australian counterpart, Linda Reynolds, agreed Wednesday that an Australian Army liaison officer will be permanently stationed with Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force as part of efforts to boost defense cooperation between the two countries.

The ministers announced the agreement in a joint statement they issued after a meeting in Tokyo.

The two also agreed that fighter planes from Japan's Air SDF will take part in Australia's Pitch Black multilateral joint exercise for the first time next year, as well as regularizing the two countries' Bushido Guardian joint exercise in Japan, according to the statement.

Kono and Reynolds also agreed to establish an exchange program between Japan's Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency and Australia's Defense Science and Technology Group.

The ministers shared their grave concern at China's naval expansion in the South China Sea and East China Sea. They agreed to continue talks on a pact to facilitate smooth interactions between the SDF and the Australian military during joint operations and exercises.

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