Australia to bolster defence ties with India, South Korea

by Gabriel Dominguez

Australia has agreed to enhance defence and security co-operation with South Korea and India as part of a diplomatic push by Canberra to advance relationships with ‘close friends and strategic partners' in the Indo-Pacific region amid concerns about China's growing assertiveness in the region.

In the final leg of their three-country Asian tour for ‘2+2' meetings with their counterparts in India, Indonesia, and South Korea, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne met in Seoul with their South Korean counterparts Suh Wook and Chung Eui-yong.

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