China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning (centre) takes part in a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy drill in the western Pacific Ocean, in April 2018. The pitch that China should be a national security worry for everyone in the region seems unconvincing. Pacific island nations are not eager to be played as pawns by Canberra or Beijing. Photo: Reuters
Tom Plate
Opinion

Opinion

Tom Plate

Can Australia overcome its China fears to manage its balancing act in the western Pacific?

  • Asian neighbours admire Australia and are grateful for its aid over the years, but they also get turned off by its smug sense of superiority
  • Some don’t tremble at the mere mention of China and even admire the rise of a Chinese/Asian superpower

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China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning (centre) takes part in a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy drill in the western Pacific Ocean, in April 2018. The pitch that China should be a national security worry for everyone in the region seems unconvincing. Pacific island nations are not eager to be played as pawns by Canberra or Beijing. Photo: Reuters
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