Mar 22, 2015

Australia training Japanese spies, daily says

The Australian Secret Intelligence Service has been training Japanese operatives in trade craft at the request of the Japanese government, The Australian newspaper reported Saturday. ASIS, the country’s overseas intelligence agency, has trained more than 20 officers under a program that began around 2008, ...

Aussie official backpedals on foreign subs

Nov 26, 2014

Aussie official backpedals on foreign subs

Australia’s defense minister apologized on Wednesday after saying he would not trust the government-owned submarine firm “to build a canoe,” comments that fueled expectations that most work in a program costing 40 billion Australian dollars ($34 billion) will go offshore. Reuters reported in September ...

Oct 29, 2014

Australia expects EPA with Japan to take effect early next year

Australia’s economic partnership agreement with Japan is expected to enter into force early next year, Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said. Robb unveiled the prospect in a statement Tuesday that welcomed an Australian parliamentary committee’s endorsement of the EPA. Japan is Australia’s second-biggest ...

Sep 9, 2014

Australia urges Japan to further lower beef tariffs in TPP

Australia is urging Japan to further lower its tariffs on beef under the Trans-Pacific Partnership after Tokyo agreed to substantially cut them under a two-way free trade deal struck in April, negotiation sources said Tuesday. Australia, which became the first major farming country to ...