Simon Birmingham says Indonesian trade deal critical amid Israel embassy spat

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Trade minister says Australia will not be ‘bullied’ by any other nation, but added the Morrison government should maintain a cool head

The trade minister, Simon Birmingham, says the Morrison government will carefully consider both the security and economic implications before taking any final decision to shift Australia’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Birmingham also pointed out it was critical to land a free trade deal with Indonesia to buttress economic growth in our near neighbour, and also strengthen the Asean grouping “and the balance that exists strategically within our region” – which is a diplomatic way of saying strengthening the region against China’s hegemonic ambitions.

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