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Carr: 'Australia does not have to take sides'

Escalating tensions between China and Japan over a territorial dispute is causing anxiety for many.

Australia in particular has to balance its reliance on China, its biggest trading partner, with its long-term alliance with Japan.

Australia's former foreign minister Bob Carr told the BBC it is important they remain 'neutral' over the territorial dispute.

Mr Carr, who is now a director at the Australia-China Relations Institute at Sydney's University of Technology, told Ali Moore that it is important Australia maintain its relations with China.

  • 21 Oct 2014
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