Institute of Public Affairs CD Kemp Fellow, Andrew Shearer, was extensively quoted in the Australian today regarding a speech he is to deliver to the IPA later tonight on Australian foreign policy. A key part of his argument is that Australia’s ties to China should not be used to jeopardise our long-standing alliance with the US:
Australia should not allow itself to “be intimidated into compromising either our fundamental national security choices or our values by the threat of economic payback”.
Further in the article, he went on to say:
“Moreover — with the partial exception of trade policy — much of the Trump administration’s emerging international agenda looks very orthodox, and in several respects it marks a significant improvement on his predecessor’s foreign policy.”
Mr Shearer said it was a “worrying development” for the alliance that Labor’s support could no longer be taken for granted: “Opposition to the US alliance is a longstanding minority strand of Australian foreign policy opinion. Typically it amounts to little more than deep-seated cultural resentment.”