Australia's prime minister on Wednesday dismissed as a load of nonsense questions about its identity, whether it is East Asia or a piece of Europe grafted onto the region. But he made it clear that Australians are not Asians. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been the most vocal of Asian leaders in refusing to accept Australia as part of the region, an issue debated whenever Canberra makes economic and political overtures to Southeast Asia
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