Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi talks while leaving after their joint press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. (Wu Hong/Pool Photo via AP)
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China called on Australia Wednesday to take into account the feelings of Asian countries as Sydney contemplates buying a fleet of submarines from Japan.In some of his strongest remarks on the possible deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters Australia should consider the context of Japan's role in the Second World War in developing its military relationship with Tokyo.Washington is encouraging closer security cooperation between Japan and Australia as it looks to its Pacific allies to shoulder a bigger security role as China's rise alters the balance of power in the region.Australia is seeking to deepen economic ties with China, its largest trading partner.
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