Why stronger Australia-China bilateral ties are in our best interests

  • Joseph Martin Cheer

Press/Media: Expert Comment


If the current narrative in Chinese media is anything to go by, there is growing angst concerning Australia’s diplomatic language towards China and why confrontation and suspicion rather than cooperation seems to have intensified.

China is lauded as Australia’s key trade relationship and the country’s economic stability is heavily tied to it. It was once thought that when the United States sneezed, Australia would catch a cold. Now it seems that a sneezing China would have Australia contracting pneumonia.

Recent criticism of Australian foreign policy towards China in mainstream Chinese media highlights a growing chorus seeking redress. This is coupled with recent official Chinese government pronouncements warning Chinese nationals in Australia to be vigilant with their personal safety.


Period31 Jan 2018

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