The current US-Australia strategic relationship requires an enemy – a “common danger”. As a result, Australia doesn’t seek cooperation with the Asia-Pacific region, it arms itself instead.
While some aspects of Australian public policy have taken inspiration from Trump - our relationship with China among them - in reality the former US president had little impact on our political life.
A Biden presidency promises a return to multilateral trade agreements. But it remains to be seen how it approaches the World Trade Organisation.
Australia has less to fear from China’s trade threats than some might think.
If Joe Biden becomes the next US president, there are many potential benefits for Australia, particularly in a less combative Sino-US relationship.
The word ‘values’ was seldom used in Australian diplomacy in recent decades, but has slowly become more prevalent as Canberra has sought to counter China’s influence in the region.
The ministers have written of their desire to “find every possible way to advance shared interests”. But this should stop short of following the US down its hostile path with China.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the big stories in politics this week.
During his week in the United States, the PM tied himself to Trump to a remarkable degree. Though, the Washington days were better than later appearances, which saw Morrison open the China debate.
Anthony Albanese has attacked Scott Morrison for sending a message to Beijing while in the United State, opening a partisan rift at a time when Australia-China relations are at a low point.
In his valedictory address, outgoing secretary of the Prime Minister’s Department Martin Parkinson, condemned “entrenched disadvantage” in Australia.
Backbencher Andrew Hastie’s recent opinion piece has caused ructions within the government, but Scott Morrison needs to articulate a clear policy on China that also allows for dissenting voices.
Australia can’t afford to pick sides between the United States and China. That’s a good thing.
Darwin is now on the front line in managing tensions between Australia’s most important strategic ally and partner and its major trading partner.
David Petraeus argued there’s more continuity than change in Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
The ball is rolling on the first foreign policy white paper in a decade - and there is much we need to think about.
It is impossible to know for sure what a Trump presidency would be like. But there are sensible reasons to suspect it could be disastrous – not only for the US but also for Australia.