Australia needs to reset the relationship with China and stay cool
Formulated over the period , the paper asserted the need for Australia to bolster its relationship with the US to take account of. An enduring alliance with the United States (US) remains Australia's most important defence relationship and continues to act as a crucial force multiplier for. The phrase fuses the history of Australian-U.S. relations in times of international conflict with Australia's military tradition. At the instigation of the.
However, increasing financial constraints, the rise of China and the uncertain nature of the US rebalance within the Pacific all pose important questions about how Australia will further consolidate its relationship with the US across the next decade and beyond.
Financial constraints The Australia—US alliance is often described as being founded on shared values and bonds of friendshipbut this ultimately means little without tangible evidence of collaboration.
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One of the clearest examples of Australia and the US working together has been the defence relationship, the symbiotic nature of which ensures an increasing array of information sharing, personnel exchanges, combined exercises and shared engagement with partner nations across the Indo-Pacific. These, among others, are clear advantages to Australia which flow from the defence relationship with the US. The Global Financial Crisis and resulting sequestration of the US defence budget has further highlighted this point as, over the coming years, Australia is likely to be asked to do even more as a US partner.
However, the ADF will almost certainly struggle to absorb any new demands without additional resources. Only the United Kingdom has a similar arrangement with the US, and its benefits are substantial—reducing red tape, minimising procurement delays and improving data sharing.
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Such arrangements also make it easier for Australia to gain access to advanced defence technologies, which it would be unable to develop domestically. Although such initiatives will continue to provide Australia with unique levels of access and engagement with the US, this will not change the fact that Australia will continue to leverage US defence capabilities unevenly, no matter how politically unpalatable this notion may seem.
The biggest challenge for Australia will arguably be whether it is sufficiently adaptable to respond to whatever the US and China determine as the way forward in their own diplomatic relationship.
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Although the Australia-US alliance has effectively served the interests of both nations for decades, the US will continue to prioritise its own intrinsic national interestsand it is these largely strategic factors that will determine its future dealings with China.
But with expanding roles in key multilateral regional forums, Australia and the US also have strong opportunities to engage with China—and other regional partners—to work through this uncertainty and strengthen areas of cooperation.
This deployment will likely benefit the Australia-US defence relationship through exposing the respective militaries to combined training and interoperability.
You could argue that security ties to the US have become more important as a consequence. It is simply to acknowledge the world has changed. It is sprinting ahead of the ability of policymakers to keep up.
The Australia-United States defence alliance – Parliament of Australia
Take the Foreign Policy White Paperfor example. On the other hand, and unavoidably, it acknowledged that the Asia Pacific is no longer uncontested space. As the paper puts it: This was a pointed and, as it turned out, unwise use of the phrase.
While non-democracies such as China can thrive while participating in the present system, an essential pillar of our preferred order is democratic community. It should be on guard in withstanding Chinese efforts to interfere in domestic politics. Policymakers should bear in mind a simple rule of thumb in dealing with China. It will seek to get away with what it can. That includes bullying and bluster. This has been pushed off course in the recent past.