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What’s driving Australia’s China policy U-turn

Posted by seumasach on December 7, 2020

Johnson’s grandiose plans for a D-10 alliance against China are already running into trouble. Germany is not banning Huawei, Japan’s position is ambivalent and Australia seem hesitant to self-destruct for the dubious privilege of a war with their closest trading partner, China. What is more France is following it’s own interests in the Brexit negotiations rather than the EU or Atlanticist position. Multipolarity is showing itself as a reality as nations pursue strategic autonomy rather than imperial dictates

Ken Moak

7th December, 2020

Asia Times

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has toned down his tantrum over Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian’s posting of a piece of art depicting soldiers about to slit an Afghan child’s throat. China not only refused to delete the picture, it demanded that Australia investigate and apologize for its soldiers’ alleged atrocities in Afghanistan. But unexpectedly, Morrison was reported by the South China Morning Post on December 3 as saying he wanted a “happy co-existence” with China.

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