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Japan, Australia eye sub deal and closer military ties

Published on Jun 8, 2014 1:01 PM
 
This file photo taken on Aug 28, 1993 shows the first high-tech Collins-class submarine being lowered into the water at Port Adelaide. A huge submarine deal is on the table on June 11, 2014 at the fifth round of so-called "2+2" talks when Japan and Australia meet to shore up their military relationship, as the security architecture of the Asia-Pacific shifts to meet the challenge of a rising China. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A huge submarine deal is on the table this week when Japan and Australia meet to shore up their military relationship, as the security architecture of the Asia-Pacific shifts to meet the challenge of a rising China.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will play hosts in Tokyo on Wednesday to Julie Bishop and David Johnston, their respective opposite numbers, for the fifth round of so-called "2+2" talks.

High on the agenda will be discussions on the transfer of Japanese submarine technology to Australia, with Canberra needing to replace its fleet of stealth subs over the coming years at a reported cost of up to US$37 billion (S$46 billion).

This could see Tokyo's technology - or even entire Japanese-built vessels - used in the fleet, in a deal that would yoke the two nations together for several decades, binding their militaries with shared know-how.

 
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