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Opinion | Australia Is Making a Risky Bet on the U.S.

The United States did not directly mention China in announcing its historic new security partnership with Australia and Britain last week, but it didn’t have to. The defense deal is a clear escalation and indication that Washington views Beijing as an adversary. It also has thrust Australia into a central role in America’s rivalry with China. After hinting at a more self-reliant defense posture for the past several years, Australia’s…
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Analysis: Australia’s decades-long balancing act between the US and China is over

It was good for trade and peaceful regional relations. But on Thursday, with the announcement of a new security deal with the United States and the United Kingdom, which will see Australia eventually field nuclear-powered submarines, Canberra made its position clear — it has chosen Washington over Beijing. By choosing sides, some experts say Australia has unnecessarily antagonized China, the country’s largest trading partner, while at the same time making…
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Biden to announce joint deal with U.K. and Australia on advanced defense-tech sharing

The Australian flag flies. | Darrian Traynor/Getty Images President Joe Biden will announce a new working group with Britain and Australia to share advanced technologies in a thinly veiled bid to counter China, a White House official and a congressional staffer told POLITICO. The trio, which will be known by the acronym AUUKUS, will make it easier for the three countries to share information and know-how in key technological areas…
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Australia is shaping up to be the villain of COP26 climate talks

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday all but confirmed a report that his country had pressured the UK into dropping key climate commitments from their bilateral trade agreement, showing no sign of regret or embarrassment at being caught out. And on Monday last week, when a senior UN official warned Australia’s climate inaction would eventually “wreak havoc” on its economy, Australia’s resources minister, Keith Pitt, dismissed the UN as…
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Opinion | Covid Zero Is No Longer Working for Australia

Australia was, until recently, heralded for its effective suppression of Covid-19; through strict border closures, prolonged lockdowns and its fortune as a remote island continent, the country was able to avoid a large-scale outbreak. The Delta variant has, however, turned that success upside down. Despite more than half of Australia’s 25 million inhabitants living under very harsh restrictions — including overnight curfews, travel limits of only about three miles from…
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Missing Australia boy, 3, found after being missing in wilderness for days

A missing 3-year-old boy was found alive in the rugged Australian woods three days after being reported missing, police said. Anthony “AJ” Elfalak, who has autism and is non-verbal, was taken to a hospital for observation after he was found Monday on his family’s remote rural property near the village of Putty, north of Sydney. Officers from the Hunter Valley Police District responded to reports Friday afternoon that a child…
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China’s ‘political pressure’ on Australian economy isn’t working, treasurer says

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Monday claimed the Chinese government has failed to seriously impact the country’s economy through a series of punitive measures on exports. The trade dispute has escalated since April 2020, when Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an international inquiry into the origins of Covid-19. “I am not downplaying the impact of China’s actions. They have hurt specific industries and regions, significantly in some cases. Nevertheless,…
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Australia Traded Away Too Much Liberty

In a bid to keep the coronavirus out of the country, Australia’s federal and state governments imposed draconian restrictions on its citizens. Prime Minister Scott Morrison knows that the burden is too heavy. “This is not a sustainable way to live in this country,” he recently declared. One prominent civil libertarian summed up the rules by lamenting, “We’ve never seen anything like this in our lifetimes.” Up to now one…
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Australian state of Victoria extends lockdown until 70% receive first vaccine dose

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says restrictions will only ease when 70% of eligible residents receive their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. That’s expected to happen on or around September 23. So far, 56% of people aged 16 and above have received their first dose. “What we must do is suppress case numbers sufficiently to buy us time to get people vaccinated. What that means is that we can’t ease restrictions…
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Covid: Australia records 1000th death from the pandemic – BBC News

Covid: Australia records 1000th death from the pandemic  BBC News A weary Australia plans reopening as COVID-19 death toll hits 1,000  Yahoo News Australia plans reopening, Covid-19 death toll hits 1,000 despite lockdown  Hindustan Times A Weary Australia Plans Reopening As COVID-19 Death Number Hits 1,000  NDTV View Full Coverage on Google News…
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