This week in Australian foreign affairs: Payne attending ASEAN meetings, investing $180 million in the Global Partnership for Education, new diplomatic postings, and more.
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The Australian government has vowed to "step-up" its engagement with its "Pacific family," emphasising that its relationships with Pacific states will be characterised by respect for, and listening to them, as equals. While this advances the government's strategic interests, puzzlingly, leaders and officials continue exhibit beliefs and behaviour that undermine this goal.