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Australia looks to US to counter China strength

Nov 23 , 2017

Australia should strengthen its alliance with the US to counter growing Chinese power in the Indo-Pacific region amid tensions over maritime disputes, according to a new government report.

Australia’s first foreign policy white paper in more than a decade, released on Thursday, recommends that Canberra take a more active role in the region and adopt a tougher stance against Beijing’s territorial ambitions.

It criticises the “unprecedented pace” of Beijing’s island-building projects in the South China Sea, saying Australia was opposed to the building of “artificial structures” for military purposes.


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