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Islands near Australia could be sold to China

Australia is doing plenty to challenge China without buying the Conflict Islands, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has told local media. The islands, which the current owner has threatened to sell to Beijing, comprise 21 coral atolls located off the eastern coast of Australia between Papua New Guinea and the Solomon …

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Australia terminates Russian embassy lease

Australia has terminated the lease for a new Russian embassy in Canberra, the National Capital Authority (NCA) announced on Wednesday. Russia has been given 20 days to vacate the “premium site” in Yarralumla, not far from the Australian parliament, the NCA said in a statement. The Russian embassy in Australia …

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Australia should limit gas exports – former PM

Australia needs to limit gas exports to ease the energy crisis in the country’s eastern states, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told ABC TV on Monday. “They should make sure whatever gas we need is available here… We have a crisis at the moment… they [the government] should be decisive …

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Australia offers compensation for axed submarine deal

Australia has agreed to shell out $589 million (AU$835 million) in compensation to French shipbuilder Naval Group after killing a major submarine deal last year as part of the AUKUS pact with the United States and Britain, the latest effort to smooth over a diplomatic spat sparked under the last …

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Australia holds talks with top Indian military chiefs

The head of Australia’s air force has held a series of meetings with senior military officials in India, vowing to strengthen bilateral ties as Canberra warns China against further expansion into the Indo-Pacific. Royal Australian Air Force chief Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld met separately with high-level figures in the Indian …

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Australia reacts to ‘invasion’ threat claim

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged the Solomon Islands’ leader Manasseh Sogavare to remain “calm” after he said his country was being “threatened with invasion” over a security pact it signed with China. “We need to be calm and composed when we deal with these issues,” Morrison said on …

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Australia to build unmanned subs amid tensions with China

Australia is seeking to build “a new autonomous robotic undersea warfare capability,” Minister for Defence Peter Dutton said on Thursday, announcing a new program to develop underwater drones for the navy. The same day, Dutton warned that Australia must “prepare for war.” The project will be co-funded by the Defence …

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Australia accused of double standards

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has accused Australia of being hypocritical in its opposition to the Pacific country’s recent security pact with China. He argued that Canberra had not consulted with its other partners last year when it unveiled a security deal with the US and Britain, known as …

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Australia accuses China of election meddling

Australia’s home affairs minister has accused China of attempting to interfere in an election set for next month, saying a recent security deal with a nearby Pacific nation suggested nefarious motives.  In comments to a Brisbane radio station on Wednesday, Karen Andrews warned that Australians ought to be “taking notice …

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Australia may train regional armies against China

Australia’s Labor Party has put forward a plan to hike security spending in the Pacific and devote resources to training regional allies, with an opposition spokesperson blasting the current government for failing to address the alleged growing threat posed by China. The center-left party unveiled an idea on Tuesday to …

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