China Condemns Historic Australia-Japan Defense Pact

Amid China's Ever Growing Threat, Japan, Australia Likely To Ink Defense Pact

Japan and Australia Reach Breakthrough Security Pact Over Disputed South China Sea

Chinese state media has criticized the Australia-Japan accord, insisting it "clearly targets China" and "further accelerates the confrontational atmosphere in the Asia-Pacific region".

"If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy".

Mr Zhao also reeled off a list of ways in which the Australian government or its people had damaged relations with Beijing: Australia, in violation of basic norms governing global relations, "has repeatedly made mistakes on issues involving Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan and other issues relating to China's core interests".

Nine Newspapers reported that the Chinese embassy official said Australia might be able to fix its relationship with China if it changed some of its listed positions.

Amid China's Ever Growing Threat, Japan, Australia Likely To Ink Defense Pact

Canberra's relations with Beijing have deteriorated after allegations of Chinese interference in Australia's domestic politics and calls for a global investigation into the source of the coronavirus, which was first identified in China nearly a year ago.

Japan still sticks to self-defense and bans first strikes under its postwar pacifist constitution, but bolstered its defense role and spending under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Morrison government has rejected Beijing's characterisation and called for the Chinese government to answer its phone calls.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, who has seen imports from several industries boycotted by China under his watch, has had his attempts to contact diplomats in China rebuffed for months.

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China said it was conducting military training in the South China Sea from Tuesday through the end of November. Australia followed the United States in July in branding China's claims to the disputed area "unlawful".

It also accuses MPs of "outrageous condemnations of the governing party of China and racist attacks against Chinese or Asian people" after Liberal Senator Eric Abetz demanded Chinese-Australian witnesses at a Parliamentary inquiry condemn the Chinese Communist Party.

Australia and Japan have agreed on a historic defense pact that would allow both countries to strengthen military ties in the face of rising tensions with China.

During the talks in Tokyo, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Japanese counterpart, Yoshihide Suga, were expected to further discuss the deal, though it was not immediately clear whether it would be finalized.

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The list of grievances from the Chinese embassy.

"This is a significant evolution of this relationship, but there is no reason for that to cause any concern elsewhere in the region", Mr Morrison said. "I think it adds to the stability of the region, which is a good thing".

Japan is committed to maintaining and deepening its 60-year-old alliance with the U.S.as the cornerstone of its diplomacy and security, but has in recent years sought to complement its regional defense by stepping up cooperation with others, especially Australia, amid China's growing maritime activity that has spread from the East and South China seas and beyond.

"China has benefited from our natural resources exports and we have benefited from its manufacturing imports", he said.

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