The words being used by Australian leaders are the harshest any time since diplomatic relations commenced in 1972, with the exception of comments at the time of the Tiananmen crackdown. The tone is harsher than that of any other US ally, including Japan. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Why is Australia talking tough about major trade partner China?

Bob Carr says government leaders’ strikingly less friendly attitude in the past six months, as they draw closer to the US, reflects Canberra’s difficult balancing act of keeping relations with both China and the US on an even keel

Topic |   China-Australia relations

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The words being used by Australian leaders are the harshest any time since diplomatic relations commenced in 1972, with the exception of comments at the time of the Tiananmen crackdown. The tone is harsher than that of any other US ally, including Japan. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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