Reuters: The US and Australia held high-level talks on China and agreed on the need to uphold a rules-based global order, but the Australian foreign minister stressed Canberra's relationship with Beijing was important and it had no intention of hurting it.
Reuters: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the United States and Australia shared a commitment to the rule of law and had reiterated their commitment to hold countries to account for breaches, such as China's erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong.
Reuters: At the same time, she said Australia did not agree on everything with Beijing - or with the United States.
Reuters: "The relationship that we have with China is important. And we have no intention of injuring it," she said. "But nor do we intend to do things that are contrary to our interests."
Reuters: "This isn't about picking America versus China," US Secretary of State Pompeo said. "This is about choosing freedom and democracy against tyranny and authoritarian regime..."
Reuters: "...and I am confident that the democracies, our transatlantic Alliance ...know precisely, which side of that debate they want to be on."
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