Minister’s visit to Indo-Pacific aims to increase partnerships and research

Minister for defence, Christopher Pyne, will visit Japan, China and Singapore to discuss opportunities for future collaboration and joint research and development with his counterparts.

Pynewill visit these countries from 22-28 January 2019 to identify future opportunities for Australia to work within the Indo-Pacific region.

In Japan, Pyne will meet with Japan’s minister for defence, Takeshi Iwaya, and senior ministry of defence and Japan self-defence forces officials.

Pyne said he was looking forward to discussing Japan’s recently revised defence guidelines and identifying future opportunities for Australia and Japan to work together to contribute to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Following his visit to Japan, Pyne will travel to China where he will meet with Wei Fenghe, minister of national defence, and other senior Chinese officials to discuss regional security and bilateral issues.

Pyne said the Australia-China defence relationship is a key component of a broader bilateral relationship.

“The government is committed to maintaining a long-term constructive relationship with China, founded on shared interests and mutual respect – China and Australia’s success will go hand-in-hand,” he said.

Pyne will then travel to Singapore where he will meet with prime minister Lee Hsien Loong and Ng Eng Hen, minister for defence.

“The Australia-Singapore Defence relationship is founded on strong, long-standing shared interests in regional trade, stability and security,” said Pyne.

While in Singapore, Pyne will also deliver the keynote address at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton Forum and share Australia’s perspectives on important security challenges within the Indo-Pacific region.