Former Ambassador of Japan to Australia
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The strategic opportunity of AUKUS
The AUKUS nuclear submarines deal might have stirred regional controversy. But former Japanese ambassador Sumio Kusaka argues it will drive efforts to strike a strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific by ensuring the US commits to playing a central and a long-term role in regional affairs.
Natural Partners: A Future Agenda for Japan-Australia Relations
The rise of an assertive China, the absence of American leadership, and the coronavirus pandemic have combined to pose unprecedented challenges to the countries of the Indo-Pacific. Former Japanese ambassador Sumio Kusaka argues they also provide the rationale for a new era in Australia-Japan relations and the consolidation of a ‘natural’ partnership.