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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hold a press conference at the White House on Feb. 23.   © Reuters
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Identity crisis: Australia seeks new allies amid US-China rivalry

Trade and security links make Southeast Asia a natural choice

SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent, and JOHN POWER, Contributing writer | Vietnam

JAKARTA/MELBOURNE -- Toward the end of a meeting with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Sydney last month, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke in sweeping terms about the change taking place in the region.

"The meeting comes at a critical time in history," said Turnbull, the leader of the center-right Liberal Party, at a press conference with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on March 18. "The pace and scale of change is utterly without precedent."

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