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International relations

Australia and Vietnam sign strategic partnership pact

China's growing influence prompted both to deepen ties in security and trade

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attend a signing ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on March 15.   © Reuters

SYDNEY/HO CHI MINH CITY -- Australia and Vietnam signed a new strategic partnership Thursday, in an apparent move to counter China's growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region.

The partnership agreement, signed by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at Parliament House in Canberra is aimed at deepening ties in defense, security, trade, investment, development and tourism.

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