Beyond Labels

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March 6: Australia

Having discussed Taiwan last week, we’ll turn our attention tomorrow to another neighbor of China–Australia. This country straddles a close relationship with the U.S. (including the “Five Eyes” alliance) and a strong (and, apparently, growing) economic relationship with China.

  • How can the Australians manage this straddling position?
    • What sort of circumstances would force them to choose a side?
    • What can (or should) the U.S. do to strengthen the relationship?
  • How important is the U.S.-Australia relationship?
    • To the U.S.?
    • To Australia?
  • How should we expect Australia to adjust its strategic alliances over time?
    • With the prospect of growing Chinese influence in the region?

I’m sure there’ll be more to discuss.

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