Suspension of whaling disputes Australia will sign a free trade agreement with Japan

People’s Network, Sydney, February 10, Australian Trade Minister Robin said recently that the federal government will temporarily suspend diplomatic disputes surrounding Japan’s whaling in the Southern Ocean, and instead commit to a free trade with Japan. District agreement.

The Australian media “Sydney Morning Herald” reported that the coalition party promised before the election that it would send additional vessels to intercept Japanese whaling operations in the Southern Ocean. But then, Environment Minister Hunter switched to aircraft to monitor Japanese whaling ships, a move that triggered accusations from outside anti-whalers. For a long time, Australia has been questioning the legality of Japan’s whaling in the Southern Ocean and appealing it to the International Court of The Hague. The results are expected to be announced after the whaling season in March 2014.

In an interview with the media, Robb said: “We are just as concerned about the whaling of Japanese ships with the Labour Party, but with different priorities. The primary task of the current government is to solve the economic problems left over from the previous session. The focus of the work is to promote employment as much as possible. This does not mean that we are indifferent to other issues. As one of the largest economies in the world today, Japan has a vast market and has already formed a solid trade relationship with us. Both sides have broad trade prospects. The signing of this free trade agreement will further strengthen the trade partnership between the two countries. ”

It is reported that the agreement covers agriculture, resources and education, the total amount of up to 53 billion Australian dollars, the Australian Foreign Ministry expects that once the resolution is reached, it will help in 20 years Australia has achieved a GDP growth of up to A$39 billion. Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his hope to visit Australia in July this year. The Australian government hopes to successfully reach this free trade agreement during its visit. (Intern Chen Chenchong)

Responsible Editor: Zhang Xiaofang

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