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‘We make our own decisions’: Australia-US vow to counter China at AUSMIN talks – Sydney Morning Herald

While celebrating Australia’s long-standing strategic alliance with the US, Marise Payne stressed that Australia would promote its own national interests.

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“Let me reiterate that we make our own decisions,” she said.
Following the meetings, the ministers vowed to pursue “practical ways to strengthen our ability to address a range of challenges in a more contested Indo-Pacific, from countering malign grey-zone tactics to deterring aggression in the region”.
Grey-zone tactics refer to hostile state-sponsored activities that don’t rise to the level of outright war, such as disinformation campaigns and cyber intrusions.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne…

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