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Clinton visits marine defence hub

(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the South Australian city of Adelaide on Thursday (November 15) to view a $300 million Australian dollar ($311.4 million US dollars) marine defence hub. The South Australian state government said it was pitching Techport as a safe haven for the U.S. Navy when sailing between Pearl Harbour and when deployed in the Middle East to undergo naval repairs. In a speech at the facilities, Clinton said the relationship was mutually beneficial, as U.S. manufacturers help modernise Australia's defences and Australia is in turn helping upgrade U.S. combat ships . She also said Australia did not have to choose to ally itself between Washington and the region's powerhouse, China, as the U.S. military shifts its focus to the Asia-Pacific region. "We are co-operating everywhere together. In businesses, in ship building, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the atolls of the Pacific, to the thriving cities of Asia. But I know there are some who present a false choice, that Australia needs to choose between its long standing ties to the United States and its emerging links with China. Well that kind of zero-sum thinking only leads to negative-sum results. We support Australia having strong multi-faceted ties with every nation in the Asia Pacific, indeed in the world, including China, just as we seek the same and I have said repeatedly the Pacific is big enough for all of us," she said. Clinton is set to leave Adelaide on Friday (November 15) and head to Singapore to meet leaders and deliver a major speech on the U.S. engagement strategy.

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