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After spat with China, Australia looks to Southeast Asia as an ally in trade | world Trade

Sydney, Australia – As analysts watch for clues about how the new Australian government will handle relations with China, Canberra’s eyes are on deepening trade with another huge market closer to home – Southeast Asia. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who leads the left-wing Labor Party, has pledged to make strengthening economic engagement with Southeast Asia …

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India and ASEAN seek to strengthen ties amid rivalry between the United States and China

New Delhi (AFP) – A special meeting of the foreign ministers of India and Southeast Asian countries opened Thursday with co-chairs of India and Singapore calling for closer ties amid Russia’s war in Ukraine and the growing rivalry between the United States and China that threatens peace and stability in the region. Indian External Affairs …

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Explainer: Why does China deny that Hong Kong was a British colony?

BEIJING (AFP) – Hong Kong is preparing to offer new middle school textbooks that deny the Chinese territory was ever a British colony. China’s communist rulers say the semi-autonomous city and the neighboring former Portuguese colony of Macau were only occupied by foreign powers and that China did not relinquish its sovereignty over it. It’s …

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