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China and South China Sea dominate Aust-US defence talks

Australia’s defence and foreign ministers have met their US counterparts in Washington DC for talks, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praising Australia for standing up to China despite “coercive pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to bow to Beijing’s wishes”.

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US set for conflict over South China Sea

US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state has set a course for a potentially serious confrontation with Beijing, saying China should be denied access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.