What guides Australia’s foreign policy if in just a few years we can welcome China’s embrace of pursuing a new Cold War?
In all the coverage of AUKUS’s announcement and the government’s continued criticism of China, one question has been under-reported: why did Australia move from the Tony Abbott coalition that Xi Jinping received in parliament in 2014 to celebrate a trade deal to pursue a new Cold War with China now?
It’s a tough question not just for the coalition, which congratulated Xi and labeled any criticism of the trade deal as racist, but for his supporters at News Corp, who praised the deal as a significant historic event and Australia’s entry to an end. China’s “job” – as AUKUS has now been declared a key moment in Australian history.
The primary response from Chinese hawks has been that Xi somehow began to expose himself after 2014 — though not so quickly that the Turnbull government failed to attempt to ratify an extradition treaty in early 2017.
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