tirsdag 5. januar 2021

Will Australia feel the squeeze even more from a stronger China in 2021?

Great power competition in the Asia-Pacific region has been building for years, but Covid-19 has turbocharged the shifts taking place and China finished 2020 in a significantly stronger position compared with the US than when the year started.

Meanwhile, Canberra’s relations with Beijing continue to deteriorate and there’s little reason to be optimistic that a sudden, positive turnaround will be seen in 2021. As competition, rather than cooperation, has become the dominant frame through which both Beijing and Washington view their bilateral relationship, each is increasingly sensitive to evidence that other countries in the Asia-Pacific region are supporting their opponent.