Trump administration backs Australia white paper

The Trump administration has endorsed the Turnbull government’s foreign policy white paper which tilted more hawkish on China, with a senior US diplomat saying the document outlines “issues of concern” that are shared by the US and Australia.
In contrast to China’s response that Australia should stop making “irresponsible” comments about territorial disputes in the South China Sea, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matt Matthews said the US welcomed the paper and would work with Australia to uphold order in the Indo-Pacific.
“Both our nations are diverse democracies with foreign policies based on the principles of individual freedoms, open markets and the rule of law,” Mr Matthews said in a statement.
“Our alliance and overall relationship is an affirmation of the timeless nature of these shared foundational principles.
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