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Australia must seize chance to reset relations with ASEAN states

Country can leave behind image as 'America's deputy sheriff' with better outreach

Anthony Albanese is in a unique position to launch a new era of personal diplomacy in Southeast Asia.   © AAP/AP

Richard Heydarian is a lecturer with the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines and the author of "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

With the transition to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Australia has an opening to reset ties with Southeast Asian nations, which were unimpressed with the last four years of predecessor Scott Morrison's climate-change skepticism, anti-China rhetoric and undisguised tilt toward the U.S.

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