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New Australian Leader Sides with Washington, Rebuffs Beijing 

Voice of America News reports: “Australia’s new leader signaled Tuesday that he would resist growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region — seeming to dismiss Beijing’s hopeful comments upon his election and portending a growing closeness between the United States and Australia.

‘We will determine our own values,’ newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Tuesday, on the sidelines of a meeting of leaders of the Quad, an informal grouping of the United States, Japan, India and Australia. ‘We will determine Australia’s future direction. It’s China that’s changed, not Australia.’

He added that he had received a formal congratulatory note from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang but had not spoken to Beijing since his election win, three days earlier…”

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