The leaders of Australia and South Korea have agreed to step up military cooperation amid growing China’s maritime activities in the Indo-Pacific region.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in reached an agreement at a meeting in Canberra on Monday.
The two countries signed a contract worth around $ 717 million. As part of the deal, a South Korean company will produce 30 self-propelled howitzers and other equipment in Australia.
Australian media reports that the contract would be the country’s largest defense contract with an Asian country. The country apparently intends to strengthen cooperation with South Korea in the field of security.
At a joint press conference, Morrison said South Korea and Australia “share a very similar point of view and a similar aspiration for the Indo-Pacific.” Describing South Korea as a “trusted partner”, the Australian leader said the two countries would work closely together.
When asked if his visit to Australia was aimed at countering China, whose relations with the country have deteriorated, Moon denied this speculation. He said it had nothing to do with South Korea’s position on China.
Moon said he concluded that cooperation with Australia in building an essential minerals supply network and in defense is important for South Korea’s interests as well as for peace and security. In the region.