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[/news/china/index.html China] has accused Australia of a 'grave violation of international law' as it steps up its ongoing feud with the west over new national security laws that target pro-democracy protesters in [/news/hong-kong/index.html Hong Kong].
At the same time, the US has praised Australia for 'standing up for democratic values' and not 'bowing to Beijing's wishes'. 
Foreign Minister Marise Payne and [/news/ben-wallace/index.html Defence Minister] Linda Reynolds met with President [/news/donald_trump/index.html Donald Trump]'s top diplomat Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Tuesday as part of the 30th Australia-US Ministerial Consultations in Washington. 
Donald Trump's top diplomat Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured) praised Australia for standing up to Beijing
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (left) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right) are pictured together as they meet for the 30th Australia-US Ministerial Consultations in Washington
The growing rift between five-eyes nations and China was the top of the agenda for the high-level talks.
'We started this morning by talking at length about the Chinese Communist Party's maline activity in the Indo Pacific region and indeed all around the world,' Mr Pompeo said.
'The United States commends the Morrison government for standing up for democratic values and the rule of law despite intense, continued, coercive pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to bow to Beijing's wishes,' he said.
'It is unacceptable for Beijing to use exports or student fees as a cajole against Australia.
'We stand with our Australian friends.'
Mr Pompeo commended Scott Morrison (pictured) and his government for standing up for democratic values and the rule of law despite intense, continued, coercive pressure from the Chinese Communist Party
Tensions between Canberra and Beijing have escalated significantly since Mr Morrison called for an independent international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic back in April.
Since then, China has brought in harsh trade tariffs which hit Australian farmers, tour cửu trại câu giá rẻ including an 80 per cent tariff on barley and threatened further boycotts of Australian products.
More recently, China's sweeping national security laws to stamp out pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong has resulted in condemnation from Australia.
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Mr Morrion announced Australia would tear up its extradition agreement with the former British colony earlier this month.
He said the legislation undermined 'Hong Kong's own basic law' and could lead to arbitrary imprisonment for critics of the Chinese Communist Party.
Canada and the UK also suspended their extradition agreements with the financial hub and in the past 24 hours New Zealand has done the same.

The US is also expected to follow suit.
Tensions between Canberra and Beijing have escalated significantly since Mr Morrison called for an independent international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic back in April.

Pictured: Chinese President Xi Jinping
The People's Liberation Army are pictured at a military parade at Zhurihe training base in China
The action sparked outrage in Beijing, who have accused western nations of 'interfering' in internal Chinese affairs. 
China has now suspended their own extradition treaties with Australia, Canada and Britain in a tit-for-tat response and sent a stark warning to New Zealand.
The spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wang Wenbin is pictured
'The wrong action of Canada, Australia and the UK in politicising judicial cooperation with Hong Kong has seriously hurt the basis of judicial cooperation,' China's foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press briefing.
'China has decided to suspend extradition treaties between Hong Kong and Canada, Australia and the UK, as well as criminal justice cooperation agreements.'
He accused the democratic countries of having used the national security law as 'an excuse to unilaterally announce the suspension of extradition treaties' with Hong Kong.
Wang urged New Zealand to immediately redress its mistake or it would face consequences.
With the spat continuing to simmer, Australia is expected to carry out Freedom of Navigation Exercises with the US in the South China Sea - a move that will further anger Beijing. 
A protester holds up a placard as riot police surround him inside a shopping mall during a rally on July 21, 2020 in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's youngest lawmaker and former Umbrella Movement leader Nathan Law is detained by police
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are surrounded by riot police during a news conference
China claims the busy shipping lane rich in fishing and natural gas reserves as its territory, although Australia, the US and tour cửu trại câu others nations, dispute the claim under international law.
In previous years, Australia has been reluctant to antagonise China over the issue, but with relations now at rock bottom Morrison's government is looking to push back against the authoritarian regime however no official confirmation has been made about potential naval exercises with the US.
'COVID-19 has without doubt exacerbated the security challenges in our regions.'Some countries are using the pandemic to undermine liberal democracies,' Ms Payne said.
'We reiterate our commitment to holding states to account when they breach international norms and laws, as we have done and will continue to do so in relation to China's erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong.
'We will step up and make sure we support our mates.'
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper reiterated the statement's made by Ms Payne and said Australian and the US will not back down to Beijing.
'We will fly, we will sail, and kynghidongduong.vn we will operate wherever international law allows, and we will defend the rights of our allies and partners to do the same,' he said.
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