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U.S. to expand Australia military footprint with eye on Taiwan

Canberra will propose more trilateral exercises at 2-plus-2 meeting with Japan

From left, Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles, Foreign Minister Penny Wong, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speak to reporters Tuesday.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. will boost its rotating army and navy presence in Australia as part of a broad push for closer defense cooperation, top foreign policy and defense officials agreed in a meeting held amid growing concern over a potential Taiwan crisis.

Washington and Canberra also called for deeper trilateral cooperation with Japan.

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