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India, Australia commit to boosting strategic ties as their diplomats and defense chiefs hold talks

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Australia say they’re committed to boosting economic and strategic ties as their top diplomats shared concerns over China, regional security and the Israel-Hamas war. Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with his Australian counterpart Penny Wong on Tuesday, a day after the two along with the countries’ defense chiefs held talks in New Delhi. They said the Indo-Pacific was a key priority for both countries, which are committed to a free, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region. While neither of them named China, Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles on Monday said China remained a top concern for India and Australia.

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