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U.S. will listen more to Australia and Japan if they speak together

Tokyo-Canberra partnership is about both managing Beijing and managing Washington

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Anthony Albanese greets Fumio Kishida in Perth on October 22: Japan and Australia agreed at their annual leaders' meeting to seek bilateral consultations in the event of regional contingencies.   © Reuters

Tom Corben is a research fellow in the foreign policy and defense program of the University of Sydney's United States Studies Center. Jada Fraser is editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs.

Australia and Japan will have an opportunity this week to take their coordination on regional strategy to the next level. While much of their discussions will be about China, by working together, they should also seize the chance to convey messages to the U.S. more forcefully.

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