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US-China tensions

US and Australia propose 'network of alliances' to curb China

Five Eyes, Quad and ASEAN tapped as guardians of Indo-Pacific security

From right, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds take part in a joint news conference at the State Department on July 28. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. State Department)

NEW YORK -- In a move likely to irk Beijing, the U.S. and Australia look to strengthen the web of regional alliances and partnerships to maintain a rules-based Indo-Pacific.

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