Australia welcomes Japan defence spending

Defence Minister Christopher Pyne has welcomed increased Japanese spending on defence, in what could be a first for an Australian in his position.

Australia's defence minister has taken the rare step of welcoming Japan's increased spending on self-defence forces and its $340 billion build-up of military wares over the next five years.

Christopher Pyne acknowledged it was probably the first time an Australian defence minister had responded to such spending by Japan in a positive way.

"Australia strongly supports Japan's efforts to build and modernise their sovereign capabilities, and to play a strategic role in the Indo-Pacific that is commensurate with their great economic strength," Mr Pyne told a security conference in Singapore on Monday.

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Published 28 January 2019 at 3:40pm
Source: AAP