Informit article: Into the Indo-Pacific

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French colonialism and regional security

For some time Australian governments have seen France as a valuable partner in the Pacific islands region, bolstering the ANZUS alliance against growing influence from China and other ‘non-traditional’ partners. As he welcomed French president Emmanuel Macron to Australia last May, then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull made it clear that he saw France as a long-term ally in the Pacific.

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