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Australia’s Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne head to Washington this week for the 31st annual Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) – their first joint meeting with the Biden team. Seeking to improve its strategic position in the region, as the USSC's Ashley Townshend and Tom Corben argue, AUSMIN represents an essential opportunity for Washington to deliver on its decade-old promise for an Indo-Pacific pivot.