Australian and Japanese forces joined the US Navy for recent exercises in the South China Sea. Photo: Handout
Australian and Japanese forces joined the US Navy for recent exercises in the South China Sea. Photo: Handout

Must Australia choose between trade with China and siding with US on Hong Kong, South China Sea?

  • Canberra has signalled it will not join Washington in a new cold war with Beijing – sceptics wonder if it has any alternative
  • Australia is one of America’s staunchest security allies, but alienating its largest trade partner would cost it dear

Australian and Japanese forces joined the US Navy for recent exercises in the South China Sea. Photo: Handout
Australian and Japanese forces joined the US Navy for recent exercises in the South China Sea. Photo: Handout
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