Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

/ Apr 19, 2017

Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

Facing China's maritime assertiveness and the threat from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, the defense ministers of Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to deepen security cooperation. The ministers met in Tokyo a day before "two-plus-two" security talks between the countries' foreign and defense ministers, ...

Dec 13, 2016

Australia-Japan high-level defense talks postponed

A high-level security dialogue between Japan and Australia scheduled for later this month in Tokyo has been postponed until early next year, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday, citing the ill health of Defense Minister Marise Payne. "We will need to defer the meeting until ...

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

Apr 30, 2016

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then French naval contractor DCNS hatched a bold and seemingly hopeless plan to crash the party. Almost ...

Canberra all but rules out Japan sub bid: report

Apr 20, 2016

Canberra all but rules out Japan sub bid: report

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Canberra has all but eliminated the much-hyped Japanese bid to build the country's 50 billion Australian dollar fleet of new submarines, a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Wednesday. The Cabinet's National Security Committee reportedly discussed the bids by France, Germany and Japan on ...