Australia-Japan bilateral relationship - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
In the wake of this turmoil, India's relations with Japan and South Korea have . security relationship with the US, India and Australia as the result of Chinese. The Australia–South Korea relationship is undervalued and underdone. two of Australia's largest trading partners - China and Japan - and. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia have all unveiled Korea, Taiwan and Australia are trying to forge closer economic ties with India.
The strongest dimension now of our relationship with South Korea is unquestionably the economic one. The share of our total trade is only 4. We have mainly exported commodities iron ore, coal, beef, sugar and wheatgetting back mainly manufactures in return cars, electronics, machinery but education and tourism are making a big and growing contribution to our exports, and the biggest upside for the future remains in services.
A less comforting side of the trade story is that while the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement is a substantial achievement, it does not seem to have been given the prominence, or treated with the significance in the minds of Australian businesses, of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement negotiated around the same time.
My sense overall is that South Korea just does not seem as familiar to Australians as China and Japan have long been, and that needs to be remedied. The most obvious weakness in our economic relationship is that two-way investment especially that of Australia into Korea remains comparatively negligible, but that is not something unique to Korea: If the Australia-Korea relationship is to get the wider attention here that its economic significance deserves, part of the answer must be building its people to people dimension.
There are foundations on which to build in theKoreans in Australia, and around 30, Australians in Korea at any given time. But most Koreans are here only temporarily, as tourists or students, and the overall numbers are quite small as compared with some of our other key Asian relationships.
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So there are plenty of challenges for the Australia-Korea Foundation and others working to give real human-dimension weight and substance to our relationship, not only in the quantity of contacts but their quality.
I know the effort is being made — when in Seoul recently for a nuclear conference my hotel seemed to be full of a diverse and really interesting collection of quite high-level Australians there on a Foundation-sponsored visit. But more still obviously needs to be done. There are quite firm foundations on which we can build our relationship in this geopolitical space.
The status of each of us as firm allies of the United States helped then, as it does still now, in building trusting and constructive working relationships, but there has been, remains, and can be more to our political and security relationship than just that.
Those cooperative diplomatic exercises in the past have in more recent years been given stronger institutional backup. And on a wider, plurilateral, front, we have also had since the establishment of the MIKTA Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia group, initiated by South Korea to bring together a geographically diverse group of G20 members to informally consult and try to bridge divides on global issues like development, cyber and nuclear security, climate change and the environment.
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Whether we can translate this steadily growing and intensifying set of relationships into any meaningful role for Australia in the forthcoming North Korea nuclear negotiations, remains to be seen. We did participate in the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan, and could again contribute to international monitoring and verification processes that will clearly need to be part of any denuclearization settlement — or steps on the way like an agreed freeze on weapons and delivery system development, and fissile material production.
I should say in relation to the forthcoming summitry that it is an enormous credit to President Moon Jae-in and his officials that things have come as far and as fast as they have, with the Olympics initiative followed by some very deft diplomacy in creating the conditions for President Trump to be able to agree — as impetuous, unexpected and uninformed by knowledge and advice as his agreement undoubtedly was — to meet with Kim Jong-un.
While there is intense uncertainty and nervousness about how things will unfold in the weeks ahead, I have always believed, incorrigible optimist that I am, that a sustainable deal is doable with Pyongyang, as ugly and indifferent to normal ethical constraints as the regime undoubtedly is, and I am reinforced in that view after two days of discussions, including with senior officials close to the Blue House, in Seoul last month.
But the trouble is that whereas Reagan had around him grounded and competent people like George Shultz and James Baker to save him from himself, Trump now has Mike Pompeo — and, most alarmingly of all for anyone who has had any dealings at all with him, as I have — John Bolton, with Defence Secretary Mattis the only remaining adult anywhere near the room.
He is a relentlessly stubborn and destructive ideologue: So we are going to be on the edge of our seats for a good while yet. While Australia cannot expect to be more than a bit-player on all these North Korea issues, I am persuaded that there is a great deal we can and should be doing together with South Korea in the general area of middle power diplomacy. The Dialogue offers a regular mechanism for high-level engagement on strategic economic and trade cooperation to complement high-level defence and security cooperation and annual leaders' meetings.
The Dialogue supports the strong and growing trade and investment relationship between Australia and Japan. Japan is Australia's second-largest export market. Japan was Australia's largest merchandise export market for coal, LNG, beef, aluminium, cheese and curd, liquefied propane and butane, and animal feed.
The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement JAEPAwhich entered into force on 15 Januarygives Australian exporters significantly improved market access in goods and services and substantially improves investment protections.
Japanese investment has been essential in the development of many of the export industries that have driven Australia's growth, including in large-scale projects to meet Japanese demand for resources such as coal and iron ore.
Japanese investment has also begun to extend beyond the traditional areas of natural resources to sectors such as financial services, infrastructure, information and communications technology, property, food and agribusiness. JAEPA will further boost Japan's diverse and growing investment in Australia, generating employment growth including in regional Australia.
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Doing business in Japan Austrade assists Australian companies to build and implement their export strategies. Austrade also works to promote the Australian education sector within Japan and to attract productive foreign direct investment into Australia. Austrade has offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo. People to people links Early Japanese settlers started the pearling industry in Australia.
Larger-scale migration began after the Second World War, and Japanese continue to settle in Australia today. According to the census, more than 65, residents identified with Japanese ancestry. There were 12, enrolments by students from Japan in Australia inranking Japan as 13th overall by volume of enrolments for student visa holders.
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Japanese students enrolled in English courses, VET colleges, and higher education. As ofthere are sister city relationships between Australia and Japan.
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These sister city relationships provide opportunities for educational, cultural, sporting, and economic exchanges. SinceJapan has participated in the New Colombo Plana signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen people-to-people and institutional relationships through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.
By the end ofthe New Colombo Plan will have supported around 30, students to study, live and undertake work-based activities in the Indo-Pacific. In Japan, the New Colombo Plan has supported more than 3, students to study and undertake work-based learning activities through scholarships and mobility projects. The Australian Government supports the expansion of people-to-people and institutional links through the Australia-Japan Foundation which provides grant funding for projects aligned with Australia's foreign policy priorities.
People-to-people links are also supported by several Japan-Australia societies that provide grassroots community support to the relationship, as well as sister city and six sister state-prefecture relationships. Most Japanese come to Australia on short-term visits as tourists or on business. Japan is Australia's sixth-largest inbound market in terms of short term arrivals, withshort-term visitors from Japan between March and March This is an increase of 2.