Australia-India-Japan-United States Consultations - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The India-Australia bilateral relationship has undergone evolution in recent talks between India, Australia and Japan held in New Delhi in June at US$ billion (A$ bn) in while India's import from Australia. Aside from attempting to develop an economic counterweight to China, Australia, the United States and Japan, along with India, have also. On 7 June, senior officials from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade met representatives from the foreign ministries of India.
Consumers enjoy lower prices on Australian food imports, including Australian beefdairy and horticulture products and gain a greater choice and wider access to high quality Australian products such as wine, cheese, ice-cream and seafood.
Australia reliably produces and supplies clean, safe and high quality food products to Japan. Under JAEPA, the cost of raw ingredients used by Japan's food processing industries and the cost of key inputs to Japanese agriculture, such as imported animal feed used by Japan's livestock breeding industries, is lowered.
JAEPA is a modern agreement which will enhance the competiveness of Japanese industry and investment in Australia; under JAEPA, all Japanese vehicles and parts, as well as electronic goods, will enter Australia tariff free, increasing the competitiveness of Japanese producers. Sixty years since this ground-breaking partnership, our trade and investment relationship with Japan is robust and productive, aided further by gains from the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement JAEPA.
International cooperation and defence Based on the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, security and defence cooperation forms one of important pillars of the bilateral relationship. Australia and Japan have been cooperating in responding to various global crises, such as the search of Malaysia Airlines Flightthe relief activities after the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and disaster relief operations after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
Australia and Japan have a strong history of cooperation in United Nations peacekeeping missions, including in East Timor and Cambodia. We have worked closely together in the international peacekeeping operation in South Sudan since Australia and Japan have been maintaining dialogue on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security, cyber security, and peacekeeping activities, in order to not only deepen practical cooperation, but also prepare for future challenges.
Our aim is to continue to seek mutually beneficial cooperation areas in collaboration with Japan. Australia-Japan resources and energy relationship Australia has extensive energy and mineral resources. Australia and Japan have long shared a highly-complementary relationship in the energy and resources sector.
Australia and Japan work very closely on developing renewable energy technology and clean coal technology, and regularly engage in policy discussions on energy and resource issues at senior levels. People-to-people links Strong people-to-people links contribute significantly to the strength of our bilateral relationship. These links are reflected in extensive and well-established sister city relationships. They allow for an exchange of culture, sports, education, social and economic practises.
In addition, over sister schools exist between Australia and Japan.
In fact, Australia is the most popular destination for Japanese school study tours and sister school exchanges. Buchanan led the first British Commonwealth party to go ashore in Japan.
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The first time a large number of Australians were in Japan was during the postwar Occupation of Japan. Australians were part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. Around 16, Australians served in the force. The Australian contribution to the force was 4, infantry, 5, base personnel, 2, from the Royal Australian Air Forceand from the Australian General Hospital. For two-thirds of the period of occupation the Commonwealth was represented solely by Australians. Several Australian warships operated with the British Pacific Fleet BPF during the Battle of Okinawa and Australian destroyers later escorted British aircraft carriers and battleships during attacks on targets in the Japanese home islands.
Australian forces accepted the surrender of their Japanese opponents at ceremonies conducted at Morotai, several locations in Borneo, Timor, Wewak, Rabaul, Bougainville and Nauru. InAustralian Prime Minister Robert Menzies visited Japan with the aim of strengthening economic and political ties between the two countries.
In a joint statement issued in MarchAustralian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso declared the "partnership" between Australia and Japan, based on "shared democratic values, mutual respect, deep friendship, and shared strategic views", to be "stronger than ever".
A number of Australian politicians have been awarded the Order of the Rising Sunthe first national decoration awarded by the Japanese government. In March Australia and Japan signed a joint security pact.
Law enforcement on combating transnational crime, including trafficking in illegal narcotics and precursors, people smuggling and trafficking, counterfeiting currency and arms smuggling Border security Disarmament and counter-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery Peace operations Exchange of strategic assessments and related information Maritime and aviation security Humanitarian relief operations, including disaster relief Contingency planning, including for pandemics During the deployment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces on a humanitarian and reconstruction mission to Iraq from toAustralian units assisted Japanese Special Forces in the protection of Japanese bases.
Diplomatic relations have come under pressure over ideological differences regarding Japan's scientific whaling program. In MayAustralia started legal action to halt Japanese whale hunts despite senior Australian officials and bureaucrats expressing the opinion that the legal action would likely fail.
Although inForeign Minister Julie Bishop stated while on a diplomatic trip to Japan that the Australian Government does not officially supports Sea Shepherd and disproves Sea Shepherd and their violent activities in halting whaling.
This included a slight pullback in terms of the recent bid for the upgrade of the Royal Australian Navy submarine fleet inwhich the new government eventually decided on the French bid, therefore resulting in slight outcry from the Japanese Government ; its worth noting that the previous Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had closely hinted for his government to choose the Japanese bid over both the French and German bids. This was seen with increasing bilateral ties in terms of military co-operation, trade, and cultural friendship.
In lateTurnbull stopped by on a lighting trip to Tokyo and started to develop a close relationship with Prime Minister Shinzo Abefollowing his predecessor's example.
Abe later visited Turnbull in Sydney early during a pivot to South-East Asiawhere both increased military, trade, cultural, and sporting ties. Japan in particular had emerged as the leading trading partner. In —67, Japan surpassed the United Kingdom "to become the largest market for Australian exports". Because of this, Australia has had a trade surplus with Japan.
Australia is a predominant source of food and raw materials for Japan. In Australia accounted for 5.