Prime Minister Calls for ‘Upgrade’ to Australia-US Trade Relationship

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is calling for an upgrade to the already comprehensive free-trade relationship between Australia and the United States, amid rising geopolitical competition with Beijing. In an address to the Australian American Leadership Dialogue on Aug. 11, the prime minister spoke of the military ramp-up Australia was undergoing and stressed that it would not seek a “free ride” with the United States but would do its part. “I’ve said so many times, including on the White House lawn, Australia may look to the United States, but we never leave it to the United States,” Morrison said. “We’re investing our wealth and treasure to make Australia stronger so we can be ready to defend our nation and a rules-based order in our region, a world that favours freedom and to be able to do so alongside those who share our values and beliefs. Most significantly, the United States,” he …

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