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Japan and Australia Set the Stage for a Security Alliance Independent of the U.S.

Matthew Edwin Carpenter
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Jul 18, 2019 | 14:44 GMT
A Japanese honor guard welcomes the Australian defense minister during a visit in August 2016.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 25: Guard of honor are seen during a welcoming ceremony held for Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne (not seen) at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo, Japan on August 25, 2016. Marise Payne meets Tomomi Inada to discuss military cooperation between Australia and Japan. 

(DAVID MAREUIL/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Growing concern about Washington's policy direction in the Indo-Pacific region is accelerating efforts by Tokyo and Canberra to tighten defense cooperation....

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