Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Japanese counterpart and "best friend" Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Japanese counterpart and "best friend" Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Japanese counterpart and "best friend" Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg

Australian PM Abbott balances China, Japan ties during first North Asia trip

Australian prime minister seeks to cement ties with Tokyo without causing Beijing angst as he tries to balance his country's national interests

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Japanese counterpart and "best friend" Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Japanese counterpart and "best friend" Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Japanese counterpart and "best friend" Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg
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