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PacNet #67A – Loosening the US-China Straitjacket

Said the spider to the fly, ‘Will You Walk into My Parlour?’. In his recent PacNet on Australia’s positioning betwixt and between the US and China, Brad Glosserman steps into Hugh White’s sitting room and is duly impressed. But Glosserman concludes that Australia’s agreement with the United States to host marines in Darwin shows that the Gillard government has not followed White’s main principle of design. For that to be so, Australia would be doing all it could to encourage the sharing of power between Washington and Beijing– and that is not happening.