• US reassures China as Marines head to Australia


    SYDNEY: The United States stressed on Tuesday it welcomes the rise of China and wants to work constructively with Beijing as it signed a deal to deploy 2,500 Marines to Australia as part of its “rebalance” to Asia. China bristled when the agreement to deploy Marines to the northern city of Darwin was first announced by President Barack Obama in 2011. But after signing the deal at the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations in Sydney, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was not interested in conflict with the Asian powerhouse.



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