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Chinese Leader Urges Australia to End 'Mistrust'

One of China's most powerful politicians, Vice Premier Li Keqiang, has urged Australia to put aside differences with Beijing that have strained relations between the two Asia-Pacific trading partners. Li's comments came at the conclusion of a visit to Australia Monday aimed at soothing diplomatic tensions.

Australia to Beef Up Military as Regional Defense Dynamics Shift

Australia plans an overhaul of its armed forces in preparation for a more volatile Asia-Pacific region caused by the United States' fading dominance and China's rise.