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Howard backs Bush on Iraq


The Australian Prime Minister has vowed to keep Australian troops in Iraq despite mounting pressure at home to pullout. As Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Sydney for their annual summit, John Howard said “this is not the time to withdraw support” from the country’s most powerful ally: “In our discussions I made it very clear to the President that our commitment to Iraq remains, Australian forces will remain at their present levels in Iraq, not based on any calendar but based on conditions on the ground.”

In contrast to the anti-war demonstrations that have welcomed George Bush, China’s President, Hu Jintao has received a warm public reception. Whether those sentiments will extend to the talks table remains to be seen however with trade liberalisation and climate change expected to top the agenda.

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