Australia ready to assist new MH370 search: PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that he expects the Trump Administration will realize continued engagement in the Indo-Pacific region is in the interest of the US, during a speech at an annual regional security summit in Singapore.

Turnbull also said that countries in the region should not see US President Donald Trump’s recent decisions to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact and the Paris climate agreement as disengagement from the global community.

Mr Turnbull said Australia remains committed to the expanded training areas, which bring “enormous opportunities for further collaboration between our defence forces”.

The new visa is touted by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as making it easier for those from Singapore to travel to Australia for business and pleasure.

Mr Turnbull said Australia would not use the USA alliance to “abrogate our responsibility for our own destiny”.

But Labor has called on the government to take a stronger stance and lobby the USA to reconsider its exit from the Paris climate agreement.

It is attended by defense ministers and experts from 39 countries, including U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the landmark accord – which seeks to limit global warming to 2 degrees celsius through emissions cuts from member nations – has been met with a swift global backlash.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne will host their USA counterparts in Sydney for the annual AUSMIN meeting.

Malcolm Turnbull has warned China it can not expect to be allowed to dominate the Indo-Pacific region and has the opportunity to build goodwill with neighbours by quashing the nuclear ambitions of North Korea’s rogue leader Kim Jong-un.

“Donald Trump’s announcement today is obviously very significant but Australia will carry on because as our prime minister has made very clear, when we sign up to worldwide agreements.we will follow through”, Mr Frydenberg told ABC TV on Friday.

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong Wong, a former climate change minister, said President Trump’s decision was a “deep disappointment” and an worldwide climate agreement must include the United States and China, the world’s biggest emitters.

I do believe that it is still a very meaningful agreement.

“You have more than 190 countries that signed on and in record time, 146 countries have ratified”.

But he did acknowledge it was clearly preferable to have the United States at the table.

“The Prime Minister should be absolutely clear with the United States administration about Australia’s views”.

Coalition MPs Eric Abetz and Ian Macdonald have said Australia should consider following the United States move to withdraw from the Paris agreement.

The problem of terrorism in the region was also touched on in Turnbull’s address, where he highlighted the twin problems: battle hardened and trained fighters seeking to return to the region, as ISIL’s so-called caliphate is destroyed in Syria and Iraq; and terrorist organizations like Al Qaida and ISIL continuing to be very active in the region.

Fifty-seven per cent described climate change as a “critical threat” to Australia’s vital interests, coming third to terrorism and North Korea’s nuclear program.

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