Have no intention of injuring ties with China: Australia to US

Have no intention of injuring ties with China: Australia to US

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, during high-level talks with the US, said their relationship with China was important and they had no intention of hurting it.

She said the US and Australia shared a commitment to the rule of law and had reiterated their commitment to hold countries to account for breaches, such as China’s erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Australia for standing up to pressure from China. He said Washington and Canberra would continue to work together to reassert the rule of law in the South China Sea, where China has been pressing its claims.

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