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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, right, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed to further develop bilateral and multilateral trade frameworks.   © Reuters

Amid doubts over US role in trade, Australia jumps at beef deal with China

Canberra need not choose between the two powers, Turnbull reiterates

KAORI TAKAHASHI, Nikkei staff writer | China

SYDNEY -- Australia can be friends with both the U.S. and China, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday after meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, indicating that Canberra will not play favorites between its superpower ally and its biggest trading partner.

Turnbull and Li agreed in Canberra to strengthen a bilateral free trade agreement and work together to conclude negotiations on the 16-country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

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