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Biden's Asia policy

Caroline Kennedy picked as U.S. ambassador to Australia

Daughter of JFK was envoy to Japan from 2013 to 2017

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy speaks at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts, in May 2019.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Joe Biden will nominate Caroline Kennedy for ambassador to Australia, the White House announced Wednesday.

If confirmed, she would represent the U.S. in a country fast emerging as a key ally in the Indo-Pacific. As Australia's ties with China have soured over COVID-19, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tilted heavily toward the U.S.

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