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US, Australia bolster defence ties with new space radar

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The United States military will station a powerful radar and a space telescope in Australia as part of its strategic shift towards Asia, the two countries announced Wednesday. 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2nd L) and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr (L), participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the State War Memorial prior to meetings in Perth on November 14, 2012. US and Australian ministers have sought to bolster security ties at annual talks, such as expanding exercises and deploying more advanced ships and hardware to Southeast Asia.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta described the deal as a "major leap forward in bilateral space cooperation and an important new frontier in the United States' rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region".

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