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Australia’s Wong Warns Regional Conflict Would Be ‘Catastrophic’

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Penny Wong

Penny Wong

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Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong warned about the risk of conflict in the Indo-Pacific as she prepares to meet her British counterpart for defense talks that will likely focus on regional issues including China’s military expansion.  

Speaking on Tuesday before joining Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles for two days of annual bilateral talks with their British counterparts, Wong said that “if conflict were to break out in the Indo-Pacific, it would be catastrophic – for our people and our prosperity.“