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Japan builds closer defence ties with the US and Australia over China fears

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) and Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison attend a video signing ceremony, in Tokyo, on Jan 6, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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TOKYO - Japan strengthened its defence ties with the United States and Australia this week as concerns grow over the perceived China threat, with agreements including a commitment with Washington to work on new defence technologies.

This comes amid fears that a Taiwan contingency will cut too close to home for comfort.

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