Australia left to hold a round of vacuum as US-China seeks better conditions

“It will have a positive impact not only on the bilateral relationship between Australia and the United States, but also on the entire global agreement front on China.”

The principle of pursuing China’s policies in the region, no matter how noble, demands a lot from the Australian companies that are undergoing trade strikes worth $ 20 billion, from Chinese students who are subjected to racial attacks, and from Australians who stuck in Chinese prisons.

There is further damage to the game with geopolitical pieces now underway and Australia is suddenly revealed.

US President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.

US President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday. Credit:AP

Kurt Campbell, Bidens Indo-Pacific coordinator told Sydney Morning Herald and The age International editor Peter Hartcher in March said the United States was not prepared to improve its relations with China while “a close and dear ally is being subjected to some form of economic coercion.”

By July, that sentiment had been hit by a batch of realpolitik. “I’m not sure about that [China] has the strategic thinking to go back to another form of diplomacy with Australia right now, “Campbell said, urging Australia to” settle for the long run “.

The meeting between Biden and Xi covered vital grounds. Most importantly, the superpowers have now started a dialogue on arms control – a path that could lead both sides to agree to avoid mutual destruction. They also discussed human rights issues in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong and agreed to maintain the status quo in Taiwan. Just two days earlier, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton had actually committed Australian Defense Forces to the Democratic island.

No other country, except Japan, whose southernmost island is only 150 kilometers from Taipei, has made such a promise. The United States now has Australian military backing for a war they do not want.

The United States would expect support from Canberra after their AUKUS nuclear submarine deal, but Biden offered little in return in Tuesday’s meeting with Xi. There was no public lobbying for exemption from trade sanctions against Australian goods.

Like Dutton, Biden was focused on optics at home.

“He was aware of the need to protect American workers and industries from China’s unfair trade and economic practices,” the White House said.

Wang Yiwei, a professor of international relations at Renmin University and a member of the Communist Party, said just trusting the United States “is not smart.”

“Australia needs to think about what its comparative advantage is in the new era of globalization,” he said in an interview with Beijing.

“Its economy is strongly linked to Asia, so it is very dangerous to put nuclear submarines in the South China Sea to limit China. The relationship between China and ASEAN benefits from mutual trust. Australia can learn from that.”


Wang said that in order for Beijing to pick up the phone, Canberra had to send a positive message to “make sure that China believes that Australia is now serious about wanting to improve our relations”.

No Australian ministers have been in contact with their Chinese counterparts for more than 18 months.

What was it for?

“Australia really needs to accept China to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Wang said.

“China must also do something to improve our relations with Australia. Both sides must move closer, not just burn each other out. Australia is concerned about national security in relation to China. They must have some bilateral security dialogue or trilateral with the United States. and China. ”

Beijing is following the Australian election closely. The vote, to be held in May next year, allows for a reset of relations between Australia and China if a Labor government is elected.

“If Morrison is to be re-elected, he has to think long term,” Wang said.

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