US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter (centre) with Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne (left) and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne. Photo: AFP

Cost of US military deployment in Australia’s tropical north to be shared between Washington and Canberra

Australia is charting a course between the US, its most important ally, and China, its biggest trading partner

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US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter (centre) with Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne (left) and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne. Photo: AFP
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