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Australia’s new top envoy says her ‘focus is firmly on the future’ of CPTPP

By Shruti Shekar      

Plus, Peru's ambassador just rushed back to his country to be sworn in as president.

Australian High Commissioner Natasha Smith, a champion of LGBTQ2 rights and gender equality, says she's happy to be in Canada where those values are strongly upheld. The Hill Times photograph by Shruti Shekar
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Australia’s new high commissioner says officials from her country signalling they would block Canada’s admission to Asia’s top security forum, the East Asia Summit, had nothing to do with tensions that bubbled up when Canada was a no-show at a key Trans-Pacific Partnership trade-deal meeting last November. News outlets from Australia and New Zealand at the time of the Nov. 10 meeting held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Vietnam quoted unnamed officials

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