Illustration: Craig Stephens
Richard McGregor
Opinion

Opinion

Richard McGregor

As Australia pushes back against China, the Western world is watching to see Beijing’s response

  • China’s growing confidence to deploy economic sanctions against countries that refuse to toe the line is worrying many. Australia is countering this, in a limited sense, but when push comes to shove, will all the talk about getting tough on China turn out to be bluster?

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Kiribati President Taneti Mamau (left) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on September 27, after agreeing to restore diplomatic relations at the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in New York on September 27. Photo: Xinhua
Bill Sharp
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Opinion

Bill Sharp

How the US and Australia can counter China’s charm offensive in the South Pacific

  • A domino effect as more Pacific Islands switch from ties with Taipei to Beijing could threaten Australia’s shipping lines and destroy the US Indo-Pacific strategy
  • It’s time for the US and Australia to invest more trade, money and attention to climate change, to ensure friendly allies in the region

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Kiribati President Taneti Mamau (left) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on September 27, after agreeing to restore diplomatic relations at the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in New York on September 27. Photo: Xinhua
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