[Central News Agency] The defense ministers of the United States, Japan and Australia held talks in Hawaii, the United States, and agreed to strengthen military cooperation in the face of China's growing ambitions.

The three strongly condemned China's conduct of military exercises to launch missiles, and stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense announced today that Japanese Defense Minister Yasushi Hamada, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles held talks in Hawaii on the 1st Hawaii time (early morning on the 2nd Taiwan time). .

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The three defense ministers exchanged views on the regional situation.

At a time when the foundations of the international order have been shaken by Russia's aggression in Ukraine, all three agreed that the United States, Japan and Australia should continue to work closely together.

In addition, in response to the situation in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, the three reiterated their strong opposition to any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force, or to increase tensions by trying to change the status quo.

All three strongly condemned and emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and hoped for a peaceful resolution of the cross-strait issue.

All three welcomed the agreement reached at the 10th US-Japan-Australia defence ministers' meeting in Singapore in June.

The content includes the strategic integration of the three countries, the United States, Japan and Australia, and the strengthening of cooperation in order to ensure the security of the Indo-Pacific.

In order to enhance the interoperability of the national defenses of the three countries, joint exercises and activities should be expanded and strengthened.

In the future, we will also strengthen cooperation in defense equipment and technology and conduct effective information exchange.

(Editor: Lin Zhiping) 1111003