US-China rivalry set to intensify in 2023

As competition grows across multiple fronts, so too will pressure on those in South-east Asia and elsewhere who want to avoid choosing sides

Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali on Nov 14. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Australia and the United States last week set out plans to reinforce defence and diplomatic ties, as both nations continue to grapple with how to respond to China’s economic and military rise.

Unveiled as part of the annual Australia-US Ministerial Consultations, or Ausmin, the new measures increased US forces deployed in Australia, while moving forward with cooperation in areas like military logistics.

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