Japan and Australia have agreed to deepen defence collaboration in areas including military equipment, science, and technologies.
A joint statement - issued on 10 October following meetings in Sydney between the two countries' ministers for foreign affairs and defence - said they had "reaffirmed their determination to pursue deeper and broader defence co-operation".
The statement said this included military exercises and operations, capacity building, military engagement and exchanges, trilateral co-operation with the United States, and "further co-operation on defence equipment, science, and technology".
The two countries will also "increase the complexity and sophistication of military exercises" and enhance efforts to facilitate military interoperability, said the statement.
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