China-Australia relations

Relationships with both the US and China are essential to Australia’s vision of its future. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Question for Australia: does America have the power to stop China’s rise?

After a 2017 where Australia tried prodding the US into doing more to counter China in the Asia-Pacific – to Beijing’s ire – Canberra is now attempting to talk things down. Australia faces some hard questions if it wants to build a sustainable relationship with the new China.