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Australian FM to visit China, calling for broadening military ties

(Xinhua)

16:26, May 04, 2012

SYDNEY, May 4 (Xinhua) --- Senator Bob Carr has called for broader military ties between Australia and China before his first official Chinese visit as Australian foreign minister.

The successor of mandarin-speaking Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, will visit China next week for three days at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.

Carr told Xinhua that the bilateral relationship between Australia and China needed to be deepened beyond what he called " the transactional economic agenda" by creating confidence-building measures that included military co-operation.

Carr said, "I'm open to any approaches, any ideas from our Chinese partners in an expansion of points of contact between Australia and China and there is already a level of military to military co-operation between Australia and China and that's in the interest of both countries and I want to see that broadened.

Carr's first visit to China as foreign minister comes at a time of growing regional disquiet at Australia's strategic stance,with 2500 U.S. marines taking up a controversial new deployment in Darwin, a deployment that the foreign minister was keen to play down.

"The U.S. troop presence is a rotating troop presence - not a base," he said.

"Those troops are in, they do training, they do joint exercises and then they're out. It's not a base. The numbers are small -- 2500, at the present time 250 -- those numbers are so small as to render that presence insignificant."

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