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Obama announces military partnership with Australia

US troops will rotate at bases across country

President Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard discussed the partnership at a press conference yesterday in Canberra. President Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard discussed the partnership at a press conference yesterday in Canberra. (Larry Downing/reuters)
By David Nakamura
Washington Post / November 17, 2011

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The United States, in a move that is widely perceived as a counterbalance to China’s growing power, said yesterday it will establish its first permanent military presence in Australia. Starting next summer, the United States will send 250 Marines to bases here for six-month tours, eventually rotating 2,500 troops through the country.

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