Diplomacy relegated to history

By Andrew Hunter
Updated April 18 2018 - 12:45pm, first published February 21 2013 - 4:00pm

The 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China was much celebrated in Australia. The ALP, in particular, was keen to portray Gough Whitlam's initiative as a historic moment in Australian foreign policy. Unfortunately, this moment of creative, independent foreign policy is irreconcilable with the conservative diplomatic tendencies evident in Australian foreign policy today.

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