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Australian Mining ‘Under Assault’ From Chinese Mining, Says U.S. Ambassador

U.S. envoy to Australia, Caroline Kennedy, addressed the Paydirt 2024 Battery Minerals Conference in Perth on April 17, 2024. Image via the U.S. embassy in Canberra.

The U.S. ambassador to Australia, Caroline Kennedy, rallied to the defense of Aussie mining companies who she said were “under assault” from Chinese rivals that exploit labor and the environment.

Kennedy made the remarks during a keynote address at the Paydirt Battery Minerals Conference in Perth on Wednesday, where she framed the competition with China for strategic resources in existential terms:

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