Australia PM says AUKUS pact to ensure peace, security in Indo-Pacific

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Jan 21 (Reuters) - Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday that the new AUKUS defence alliance with Britain and the United States will contribute to peace, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

In a speech to the World Economic Forum, Morrison said Australia wanted to maintain an "open rules based international system that allows nations to flourish free from coercion."

Reporting by Martin Petty; Writing by Ed Davies

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