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How has Australia's relationship with China imploded so badly?

Nicholas Stuart
By Nicholas Stuart
June 27 2021 - 7:25pm
It's too simplistic to place all of the blame for the deterioration of the China-Australia relationship on Xi Jinping. Picture: Shutterstock

On paper, nobody could have better prepared to guide Australia's relationship with China in such turbulent times than outgoing Foreign Affairs secretary Frances Adamson. Before being chosen to head the department in 2016 she'd been Malcolm Turnbull's international adviser and Stephen Smith's chief of staff; Ambassador to Beijing (2011-15); in Taipei (2001-05); and from 1987 to 1991 watched from Hong Kong as the mainland soared through the excitement of political opening to the despair of tanks on the streets. She understands China and has been the trusted adviser playing a key role guiding our politicians as they interacted with our largest trading partner.

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Nicholas Stuart

Nicholas Stuart is a Canberra writer.

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