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‘We would never threaten trade’: US ambassador talks up Australian relationship – Sydney Morning Herald

The United States has declared it is Australia’s most important economic partner as it reinforces the benefits of the relationship between the two countries amid escalating tensions with China.

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There is growing debate within the US about decoupling its economy from China while the Australian government has signalled it wants to reduce its reliance on Beijing. China recently imposed more than $1 billion of trade strikes on Australian beef and barely after the Morrison government angered Beijing in pushing for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus.
Releasing the report, Mr Culvahouse said some trading relationships came with “hidden costs”.
“Australia will never see the day when …

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