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Japan, Australia leaders eye stronger defense ties

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Looks like Albo hit the ground running. He has so far looked like a good fit for the job of PM saying all the right things at his first international meeting.

Improving relationships with other nations should always be seen as positive and I have no issue with Japan and Australia working closer together on trade, security and research.

A good step forward.

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We will be seeing more and more Australia-Japan joint military exercises going forward.

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This is quite humorous considering most older Australians hate Japan because of the Imperialism war by japan that killed many Aussie blokes, and the bombing of Darwin.

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Looks like Albo hit the ground running. He has so far looked like a good fit for the job of PM saying all the right things at his first international meeting.

Improving relationships with other nations should always be seen as positive and I have no issue with Japan and Australia working closer together on trade, security and research.

A good step forward.

It amazes me that people are so impressed by politicians that say the right things, at least to their ears.

Is that how low we set the bar now? Of course these people are capable of saying the right things at the right time, half of them are trained lawyers before they enter politics.

Its not impressive to me at all and its utterly inadequate. Nobody lives are changed by politicians talking.

Regardless of what the issue is, we should judge politicians on their actions and ability to get things done

I couldnt rarely care less what they say.

This is quite humorous considering most older Australians hate Japan because of the Imperialism war by japan that killed many Aussie blokes, and the bombing of Darwin.

That generation is basically gone. There are vanishly few people alive now that would have fought in WW2.

How many native born Australians do you think there are born before, say 1925? Do the math.

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This is quite humorous considering most older Australians hate Japan because of the Imperialism war by japan that killed many Aussie blokes, and the bombing of Darwin.

The generation that lived through those times is much reduced in numbers, and following generations learned about the war but do not hold current Japanese responsible for their fathers and grand fathers actions. Unlike China, Australia does not keep old grudges against Japan and has learned to value the ties and relationship that has been forged over the past 70 years. Japan has changed and many of its values match Australia and the free world making closer cooperation a natural extension of the friendship.

What is humorous is China offering closer ties then demanding Japan recognize Chinese sovereignty over Japanese territory, and getting angry when it does not. At any point when China is unhappy with Japan is reverts back to old WWII grudges. Yes, atrocities happened, big ones. Nobody expects China to ever forget, but at some point it must forgive those next generations who committed no crimes against China.

China could learn much about relationships and diplomacy from Australia's example. But China's CCP views just about everyone as beneath them, especially smaller nations like Australia.

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Its not impressive to me at all and its utterly inadequate. Nobody lives are changed by politicians talking.

Talking and meetings are what diplomacy is all about. It is how things get done in international relations. Not all meetings bare fruit, but it is how things are done, fixed and indeed sometimes damaged.

Regardless of what the issue is, we should judge politicians on their actions and ability to get things done

Fronting up to an important meeting like the QUAD days after an election and hours after being sworn in, and doing a good job of portraying Australia and showing its commitment to the group and the region are actions that went well.

I couldnt rarely care less what they say.

Making empty promises and doing nothing to make them happen is what makes some politicians poor at their job and lame ducks that often get found out, at which point they kill their own future.

Give Albo time to show what he is made of. All talk and promises and no substance. or someone who works hard to succeed and try's hard to deliver on promises.

Politics is the art of speaking well and delivering. We will see soon enough where Albo falls on that measure. For his first days in office he has done well.

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Don't be fooled by the problem glasses - Anthony Fumbles would forget his own noggin if it wasn't screwed on.

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It is false to say that "Morrison took a hard-line stance toward Beijing".

Morrison called for an international investigation into the cause of the pandemic.

China responded with trade boycotts. Australia did not respond except to reinforce the call for a "rules based order". Which country DOESN'T call for a rules-based order? And how is this "hard line"?

Please correct your article.

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