US President Biden discusses coronavirus aid legislation with Democratic senators at the White House in Washington, US. Reuters
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Australia’s prime minister said he invited President Joe Biden to visit in September during a discussion on a call to how they can work together to address global and regional challenges, including dealing with China.
"He sees the Australia-US relationship as providing the anchor for peace and security in our region,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends a meeting. File photo
"And that is true. We share that view. In terms of our relations between Australia and the United States, there’s nothing to fix there, only things to build on.”
The White House later said Biden described Australia as an anchor of stability in the "Indo-Pacific and the world.”
They also talked about beating the COVID-19 pandemic, combating climate change and working together to hold those responsible for the coup in Myanmar, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.
Morrison said Biden reacted positively to the invitation.
"He told me he needs no special reason to come to Australia, he loves the place,” Morrison said. "But they (Biden and first lady Jill Biden) would very much like to be in Australia at some point, and we’ll see how that progresses.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday warned that “collateral damage” from trade spats between China and the United States were hurting smaller countries and threatening the global economy.
Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday at a meeting with the US and other diplomats that their “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” initiative, a concept to counter China’s growing assertiveness, is more important than ever
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, called Myanmar "a friendly neighbour" on Tuesday and expressed hope that all parties "will properly handle their differences under the constitutional and legal framework and maintain political and social stability.”
Australia last week scrapped a deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and will instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with US and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership with those two countries.
Janneke Parrish, an Apple program manager, said the iPhone maker informed her that she had been terminated for deleting material on company equipment while she was under investigation.
The country's jab drive at a standstill and few restrictions in place as new COVID-19 cases also hit record high at 33,208, the Russian coronavirus task force said, bringing the official total case tally to 7,958,384.
Amess, 69, from Johnson's Conservative Party, was knifed repeatedly in the attack at about midday on Friday in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, during a meeting with constituents.