Australia exposes ambivalence to Chinas cloudy and uncertain situation

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 Australia exposes ambivalence to Chinas cloudy and uncertain situation


With Chinas growing up, Australia presents a very contradictory psychological cognition to China. Especially in the past two years, with the surge of nationalism in Australia, the China Threat Theory has emerged in an endless stream. The Turnbull administration proposed a anti foreign interference act. The Chinese students in Australia were accused of irresponsible charges, and the Australian friendly people in China were attacked by the media. Australia is also highly sensitive and vigilant for Chinas assistance to the Vanuatu Republic of Pacific island countries to build infrastructure and promote local sustainable development. Australia still has an outdated Cold War mentality and a paranoid mentality, and has always been alert to Chinas development. This negative cognition and psychology affect the development of Sino Australian relations and cause serious damage to Sino Australian relations. On the other hand, Australia attaches importance to economic relations with China and shares opportunities for Chinas development. The rapid growth of Chinas economy has become an important driving force for the development and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region. China and Australia have established close trade partnership and signed the Sino Australian free trade agreement. Since 2007, China has been Australias largest importer for 10 consecutive years, and is Australias largest exporter for 8 consecutive years. Economist Sol Eslack points out, over the past 30 years, no country has made more profit than Australia in the process of rapid economic growth and industrialization in China. Australias white paper on diplomacy issued in 2017 also gave a positive evaluation of Sino Australian relations. This contradictory psychological cognition affects Australias diplomacy with China. Especially in the near future, this negative perception is outstanding in Australias diplomacy with China. Australia has strengthened its cooperation with the United States and Britain to maintain its leading position in the South Pacific region and balance Chinas influence in the South Pacific region. Maintaining local security is Australias first national security interest, while maintaining the security of the South Pacific is the second level of Australias national security interests. As the largest country in the South Pacific, Australia sees its Taiping region as its sphere of influence and prevents its influence in the region. With the continuous development of Chinas relations with the South Pacific island countries and the strengthening of cooperation, Australias vigilance against China is also strengthening. In recent years, Australia has continuously reduced its foreign aid quota, has contributed less to the international aid stage, and has gradually weakened the aid of the South Pacific island countries, but the leading intention of the South Pacific region is still increasing. Australia has strengthened its cooperation with the United Kingdom and proposed that Britain strengthen its assistance to the Pacific region. In the near future, Ahmed, the Secretary of the Commonwealth Affairs, said that there will be more space for Britain to move away from the European Union and promote aid programs and other activities in the Asia Pacific region. Australia strengthens Australia US alliance to maintain the US led Asia Pacific order and pursue stability in the Asia Pacific region. Since the war, the United States has closely followed the American Australia led Asia Pacific order in the Asia Pacific order, and naturally hopes to continue to maintain the US led Asia Pacific order in order to seize more rights and interests in the development process of the Asia Pacific region. The Asia Pacific region is already the engine and center of world economic growth, and Australia has speeded up its integration into the Asia Pacific region. The prosperous and stable Asia Pacific region is a good external environment for Australia to build a moderately powerful country. Sino US conflict and turmoil in the Asia Pacific region is the last thing Australia wants to see. Australia is worried that rising China will subvert the existing order, destroy the stability of the Asia Pacific Environment and affect its pursuit of more rights and interests in the order of the Asia Pacific region. Therefore, it is urgent to deepen the relationship between Australia and the United States to balance China. In addition, Trumps uncertainty has made Australia worried and uneasy, exacerbating its ambivalence towards Chinas diplomacy. Since Trump took office, relations between the United States and Australia have been constantly twists and turns. In 2018 2, Turnbull visited the United States, hoping to improve relations between the United States and Australia and strengthen the alliance between the United States and Australia. However, in March 8th, Trump, with imports of steel and aluminum products to jeopardize the national security of the United States, declared that the United States would impose 25% and 10% tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products, and the Allies were no exception. This makes Australia anxious and uneasy. After much negotiation and consultation, Australia has obtained a temporary tariff exemption. Although Australias foreign and trade ministers denied access to steel aluminum tariffs at the cost of security agreements, the trading Trump, which did not allow the us to benefit, was obviously not accepted. In order to obtain permanent immunity from steel and aluminum tariffs, Australia still needs to engage in further bargaining and interest gaming with the United States. The Sino US trade friction initiated by Trump is a collision between protectionism and trade protectionism. On 4 18, the United States announced the launch of a double reverse investigation on Chinas steel hub products. Australia, following the United States, formally launched anti-dumping investigations and countervailing investigations on the railway hub originating in China. Australia, which has been advocating trade freedom, has abandoned its stand against trade protectionism in order to cater to the United States. At present, the signs of colder relations between China and Australia are becoming clearer, and the trust between the two countries needs to be further strengthened. In the rapidly changing pattern of the Asia Pacific region, Australia should enhance its autonomy in foreign policy, rather than set it in an obsolete cold war thinking, circulate out of date diplomatic routes and plunge itself into a paradoxical logic. Source: overseas web editor: Huang Zhecheng _B9302 The Sino US trade friction initiated by Trump is a collision between protectionism and trade protectionism. On 4 18, the United States announced the launch of a double reverse investigation on Chinas steel hub products. Australia, following the United States, formally launched anti-dumping investigations and countervailing investigations on the railway hub originating in China. Australia, which has been advocating trade freedom, has abandoned its stand against trade protectionism in order to cater to the United States. At present, the signs of colder relations between China and Australia are becoming clearer, and the trust between the two countries needs to be further strengthened. In the rapidly changing pattern of the Asia Pacific region, Australia should enhance its autonomy in foreign policy, rather than set it in an obsolete cold war thinking, circulate out of date diplomatic routes and plunge itself into a paradoxical logic.