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Australia-Japan pact heightens China’s ‘regional NATO’ fear

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  • November 23, 2020

    Research Fellow, MP-IDSA, Dr. Jagannath Panda's article ‘Australia-Japan pact heightens China’s ‘regional NATO’ fear’ has been published in the Asia Times on November 23, 2020.

    The article argues that the RAA is thus far agreed upon only in principle, with its implementation contingent upon approval of the Japanese Diet. Irrespective of the challenges the RAA needs to overcome, the strategic imperatives of the agreement for bilateral ties, trilateral groupings, the Quad 2.0 as well as the Indo-Pacific region vis-à-vis China are unmistakably abundant. The RAA therefore forms a prudent and necessary step for the future security of the region – which must be a critical priority for all Indo-Pacific nations.

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