Japan & Australia consider submarine deal that could rattle China

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks to offer a flower for Japan's unidentified war dead, during a ceremony at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo May 26, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Toru Hanai

By Tim Kelly
and Matt Siegel
28 may 2014

Japan will get the chance to pursue an unprecedented military export deal when its defence and foreign ministers meet their Australian counterparts in Tokyo next month.

Japan is considering selling submarine technology to Australia – perhaps even a fleet of fully engineered, stealthy vessels, according to Japanese officials. Sources on both sides say the discussions so far have encouraged a willingness to speed up talks.

Any agreement would take months to negotiate and remains far from certain, but even a deal for Japan to supply technology would likely run to billions of dollars and represent a major portion of Australia's overall $37 billion (22.14 billion pounds) submarine program.

It would also be bound to turn heads in China.

Experts say a Japan-Australia deal would send a signal to Asia's emerging superpower of Japan's willingness, under nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to export arms to a region wary of China's growing naval strength, especially its pursuit of territorial claims in the East and South China seas.

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