Clinton arrives in Australia for defense meetings

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has arrived in Australia's western city of Perth before a summit about deepening defense links between Australia and the United States.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is scheduled to arrive later Tuesday before they meet Wednesday with Defense Minister Stephen Smith and Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

The American leaders will also meet with Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday.

The annual summit is the first since President Barack Obama visited Australia a year ago and riled China, Australia's biggest trade partner, by announcing that up to 2,500 U.S. Marines would rotate through a joint military training hub in the northern Australian city of Darwin.


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