US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne hold a joint press conference at the US State Department building in Washington on May 13. Photo: Reuters US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne hold a joint press conference at the US State Department building in Washington on May 13. Photo: Reuters
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne hold a joint press conference at the US State Department building in Washington on May 13. Photo: Reuters
James Laurenceson
Opinion

Opinion

James Laurenceson

No evidence the US has Australia’s back in its dispute with China, despite all the rhetoric

  • Washington has encouraged Canberra not to back away from its increasingly adversarial stance towards Beijing
  • Yet, nearly 200 days into the Biden administration, there’s still no concrete evidence that US support extends beyond rhetoric

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne hold a joint press conference at the US State Department building in Washington on May 13. Photo: Reuters US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne hold a joint press conference at the US State Department building in Washington on May 13. Photo: Reuters
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne hold a joint press conference at the US State Department building in Washington on May 13. Photo: Reuters
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James Laurenceson

James Laurenceson

James Laurenceson is currently Director and Professor at the Australia-China Relations Institute (UTS), University of Technology, Sydney. He has previously held appointments at the University of Queensland, Shandong University (China) and Shimonoseki City University (Japan). His research focuses exclusively on the Chinese economy and has been published in international, peer-reviewed journals such as China Economic Review, China Economic Journal, Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies and China and World Economy.