Australia-China Economic Relations: A Lesson for the U.S., Not a Threat

China is rising in importance for Australia economically. However, there is nothing about China’s economic rise that gives it effective leverage over Australian foreign and defense policy or that necessarily supplants American leadership in the Asia–Pacific over the long term. Ultimately, the United States should play the international economic game, get back in the Asia-Pacific trade game, and stay fully in the security game. In short, there is nothing inconsistent in supporting an American-led order in the Asia–Pacific and close economic relations with China.

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