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AUKUS raises questions about Australia as an 'Asian' nation

Canberra's narrative about regional role leaves ASEAN members wary

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, poses with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Rome on Oct. 30.   © Pool via REUTERS

BANGKOK -- Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne's whirlwind four-country Southeast Asian tour earlier this month seemed a little odd, both in timing and destinations.

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