Accommodation, realignment, or business as usual? Australia's response to a rising China

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Title Accommodation, realignment, or business as usual? Australia's response to a rising China
Author Manicom, James; O'Neil, Andrew Kevin
Journal Name The Pacific Review
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Since normalising diplomatic relations in 1972, successive Australian and Chinese governments have focused on deepening trade and investment links to such an extent that China now looms as one of the most critical countries on Australia's twenty-first century horizon. For their part, Chinese elites have welcomed closer ties with Australia and have been particularly keen to accelerate China's direct investment in the Australian mining and energy sectors. Since the early 2000s, a number of commentators have argued that Australia has been gradually drifting towards China's sphere of influence in the Asia-Pacific. This trend, they argue, has been reinforced following the election in 2007 of the Labor party government, which has terminated Australia's involvement in quadrilateral talks with the US, India, and Japan; stepped back from commitments to export uranium to China's long-standing rival, India; and intensified Australia's public criticism of Japanese whaling practices. Meanwhile, in 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a point of paying a high profile visit to China during his first major overseas journey, but not matching it with a visit to Japan. Is Australia drifting towards China's strategic orbit in Asia? The article examines this question through the prism of three key indicators of realignment and concludes that, while there is some evidence of Australia accommodating Chinese strategic preferences in Asia, there is no indication that it is realigning itself strategically towards China and away from its long-standing ally, the US.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 23
Issue Number 1
Page from 23
Page to 44
ISSN 0951-2748
Date Accessioned 2011-01-14
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Political Science
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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