- - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

PERTH — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday encouraged Australia to increase its military ties with India, but added that America also supports the peaceful rise of Asian economic powerhouse China.

Mrs. Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived Tuesday in the west coast city of Perth on the eve of a bilateral security summit with their Australian counterparts.

The annual summit is the first since President Obama visited Australia a year ago and riled China, Australia’s biggest trade partner, by announcing that up to 2,500 U.S. Marines would rotate through a joint military training hub in the northern city of Darwin.

Mrs. Clinton told a university forum that the meeting will review the implementation of that plan and aims to improve interoperability between the U.S. and Australian navies.

She said the U.S. had made a strategic priority of supporting India in playing a larger role in Asian affairs.

“It’s also important to see the burgeoning relationship between Australia and India,” she said. “We would welcome joint Australia-Indian naval vessel exercises in the future.”

BELIZE

Police seek software mogul in killing of neighbor

BELIZE CITY — Police are urging software company founder John McAfee to come in for questioning and help solve the killing of his neighbor on the Caribbean island where they lived, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Mr. McAfee, 67, has been identified as a “person of interest” in the killing of 52-year-old Gregory Viant Faull, whose body was found on Sunday.

Mr. McAfee reportedly told Wired magazine on Monday that he had nothing to do with the death, but feared police would kill him if they find him. He said he hid in the sand when he saw police coming to his house Sunday and put a cardboard box over his head to breathe.

“We want to encourage him to come in,” Raphael Martinez, spokesman for Belize’s Ministry of National Security, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Mr. Faull was found with a gunshot wound to his head inside his two-story home north of San Pedro, a town on the island of Ambergris Caye, Mr. Martinez said. No charges had been filed in the case.

Mr. McAfee told Wired that whoever shot Mr. Faull may have been gunning for him instead and mistakenly killed his neighbor.

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