Tokyo, April 21: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met her counterpart in Japan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, FM Kishida, and Minister of Defense of Japan Tomomi Inada in Tokyo on Thursday. They discussed to strengthen their Special Strategic Partnership. They have affirmed to deepen their ties amid N.Korea problem.
The countries have common values related to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, open markets, and free trade. Since Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia in 2017, the relation between two countries has experienced stronger engagement.
Their relation needs to be maintained and for that, both the ministers have emphasized for a stable, free and open rules-based order across the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Infrastructure, regional connectivity, and free, open sea-lanes are important topics to be discussed. They have emphasized to work in unity and even with their common allies, the US. Australia acknowledged Japan’s greater engagement for their “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy”.
Julie Bishop urged China to take more measures and put more effort to stop North Korea from escalating nuclear and missile threat. She stated this to local media. Bishop said that China has a "unique and specific role to play in pressuring North Korea to cease its illegal behavior.” She has expressed Australia’s interest to work with Japan, South Korea, the U.S., and China.