Abbott vows Australia's top foreign policy priority will be Asia
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian election frontrunner Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that Asia will be his top foreign policy priority if he wins office as the influential Fairfax Media turned on incumbent Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The conservative Abbott, whose diplomatic credentials came under fire this week after he said the Syria conflict was "baddies versus baddies", is on track to win Saturday's poll.
His first travel priorities would be Indonesia, China, Japan and South Korea, he said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, rather than Australia's traditional and long-standing allies the United States and Britain.
''Only after our regional and trading partners have been suitably attended to would I make the traditional trips to Washington and London," he said, adding that "in the end your focus has got to be on the relationships that need the most attention".