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Australia defends US security deal as talks open

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during the start of AUSMIN talks at Admiralty House in Sydney on August 12, 2014Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop defended Tuesday a deal to deploy 2,500 US Marines in the country, denying it was aimed at curbing a rising China with tensions growing in the region. “It’s aimed at supporting the long-term peace, stability and prosperity of our region, the Indian Ocean-Asia Pacific,” she said ahead of the Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).

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