Australia's PM Julia Gillard unveils 'Asia focus' plan

Australian PM Julia Gillard has outlined a major foreign policy plan aimed at improving Asian ties.

A government white paper, Australia in the Asian Century, sets out 25 national objectives to be met by 2025, with targets ranging from improving trade links to teaching more Mandarin.

Mrs Gillard said she wanted to refocus Australia away from Europe's "old countries" towards its near neighbours - particularly China and India.

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