Australia: between an ally and a ‘true friend’

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Abstract

Writing in 2007 the Chinese scholar Zhai Kun observed of Australia that ‘[it] recognizes China’s status as a market economy, is open to bilateral free-trade talks, refuses to join the United States and Japan in their lobbying the European Union [to maintain] . . . an arms embargo against China, and is opposed to “Taiwan independence”’. Dubbing Australia a ‘sub-geopolitical center in Asia Pacific’ the scholar noted the centrality of Australian ties to the United States, but optimistically envisaged a cooperative Sino-Australian partnership emerging based on mutual interests that might serve to balance other players in the region (Zhai 2007).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Global Politics of the Asia Pacific
Subtitle of host publicationConflict and Cooperation in the Asian Century
EditorsMichael K. Connors, Rémy Davison, Jörn Dosch
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter6
Pages102-120
Number of pages19
Edition2nd
ISBN (Electronic)9780203808993
ISBN (Print)9780415464963, 9780415464970
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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