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Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne will visit Europe, the US to talk about Indo-Pacific and vaccine supply

Australia’s chief diplomat and minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne will discuss the increasing risk in the Indo-Pacific and international vaccine supply with European and American leaders this fortnight.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne will set out on a two-week tour of Europe and Washington on Monday, starting with a “major strategic” international discussion in front of the G7 summit in June.

The trip comes in the midst of developing global worry over China’s posture in the Indo-Pacific, and after Australian politicians and diplomats raised the prospect of war in the region.

“We will discuss critical issues on advancing open societies and promoting global democratic values. Our talks will also address how to ensure equitable vaccine access availability and the promotion of prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific,” Ms. Marise Payne said.

The meeting will occur in London and will be gone to by representatives of the G7, alongside India, the Republic of Korea, South Africa.

The Indo-Pacific has been a full subject as China takes an undeniably confident position in the region.

US President Joe Biden used his first speech to Congress to pronounce China expected to become the “most significant, consequential nation in the world”, warning the two countries were secured fight to “win the 21st century”.

After Europe, Ms. Marise Payne will travel to Washington to meet delegates of Mr. Biden’s administration, which in December said it would “stand shoulder to shoulder” with Australia during rising strains with China.

Marise Payne will discuss the increasing circumstance in the Indo-Pacific in the 70th year of the ANZUS Treaty.

“My discussions will focus on the work of Australia and the United States individually and together to support the resilience of the Indo-Pacific region, as we address the COVID-19 induced health and economic crises, and intensifying strategic competition,” she said.

Beijing and Canberra have been involved in a raising trade stoush over the past twelve months, apparently started by Australia’s push for an independent investigation into the beginnings of COVID-19.

China has additionally blamed Australian politicians for “colluding with terrorists” over their help for the Muslim Uyghur minority, which human rights groups caution to face horrendous maltreatments in Xinjiang.

The conversations in Europe will likewise focus on vaccine supply issues in the European Union (EU), which Prime Minister Scott Morrison said clarified Australia’s sluggish vaccine rollout.

Vaccine supply has been a vexed issue between Canberra and Brussels, with the EU in April denying allegations it had blocked 3.1m vaccine doses from being shipped off Australia.

A month sooner, Italy halted 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine bound for Australia from being transmitted.

Ms. Marise Payne will likewise meet with British agents over a “deepening relationship” with the post-Brexit UK.

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