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International relations

Australia's Labor plans foreign policy pivot to Southeast Asia

If party wins election, it is likely to show a softer attitude to China

Balancing relations with China and the U.S. has long been a difficult task for Australia.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- An expected win by the opposition Labor Party in Saturday's general election is likely to bring about a pivot in Australia's foreign policy to Southeast Asia and a softer line on China.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, leader of the current Liberal-National coalition government, last year angered Muslim countries in Asia such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan by recognizing West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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