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Australia is reviewing whether to force a Chinese company to sell a lease to a strategically important port used by U.S. Marines, a move that could further stoke tensions with Beijing.

The National Security Committee of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Cabinet has asked the Defense Department to advise on the ownership, Defense Minister Peter Dutton said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald published late Sunday. Asked whether the government was mulling forced divestment, he said officials would consider the national interests.

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