Opinion

The US is central to this China trade quarrel

By Stephen Kirchner
May 24 2020 - 6:30pm
The United States is watching carefully to see how we manage tensions with China. Picture: Shutterstock

Rising trade frictions with China underscore the potential tension between Australia's economic and foreign policy interests. Beijing wants to dramatise these tensions to intimidate Australia and undermine our alliance relationships, while Canberra wants to smooth them over. The United States is watching carefully to see how we manage these tensions and the example we set for other US allies in the region.

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