Caught between Trump and China, one of the US's closest allies is starting to have second thoughts

Source: Business Insider - View Original Article
Published: Jun 28, 2020
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52% Liberal


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86% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Iran = 86% Liberal
14% Negative Sentiment + Policies: Iran = 14% Conservative
15% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Protectionist Trade = 15% Liberal
85% Negative Sentiment + Policies: Protectionist Trade = 85% Conservative
15% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Protectionist Trade = 15% Liberal

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97% "An Australian navy ship also recently joined US warships for exercises in the increasingly tense South China Sea. Cultural similarities and robust bilateral arrangements also undergird the unique bilateral partnership that Australia describes as mateship."
95% "But Canberra and Washington have very different capabilities, policy priorities, and political tolerance for accepting costs and risks in the China relationship, Townshend added."
92% "And it's not possible for them both to work out well in this environment, Jackson said on a recent episode of his podcast."
87% "At the same time, Australia has not been well served by the Trump administration's hyper-confrontational stance towards China on COVID-19, including its unproven theories about pandemic's origins, Townshend added."
80% "A more robust China policy, focused on boosting national sovereignty and resilience, is a common goal and one that will drive a high degree cooperation."
68% "China's effort to recast Australia's independent call for a COVID-19 inquiry as 'doing Washington's bidding' is designed to discredit Canberra and put the government in a difficult diplomatic position, Ashley Townshend, director of foreign policy and defense at the United States Studies Center, said in an email at the end of May."
60% "I think that seemed like a very profoundly sad moment to watch, Ryan Heath, an Australian journalist who works in the US, said of the incident on a June 3 episode of the Politico Dispatch podcast."
59% "A dossier supposedly compiled by Western governments and cited by Australian media as supporting that claim raised concerns in Canberra that the US was promoting inaccurate information."
50% "Losing Australian support would hobble America's ability to compete with China outside of Northeast Asia, Jackson said, adding that alienating Australia would almost certainly mean losing the goodwill of other Asian allies and partners."
-51% "While many so-called middle powers have hedged between the US and China, seeking to work with both and spurn neither, Australia's deep ties to the US and economic reliance on China put it in a precarious position."
-62% "Washington must protect the integrity of the shared information landscape -- and allow Canberra's independent voice to ring through if Australia is to resist Beijing's efforts to paint it as a US lackey, Townshend said."
-65% "Polling by Australia's United States Study Center in July 2019 found that just 20% of Australians said they'd prefer Trump win a second term and that Australians by a 2-to-1 margin preferred a Democrat beat Trump in the 2020 election."
-70% "At that point, the United States will either have no meaningful strategic position in the Pacific outside Hawaii and Guam, or the United States itself will be a menace to the region."
-71% "Canberra has resisted efforts to push an unsubstantiated claim, touted by the US, that the coronavirus was developed in a Chinese lab."
-85% "But fraying bilateral relations would have consequences for the US's strategic position in the region."

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97% : An Australian navy ship also recently joined US warships for exercises in the increasingly tense South China Sea. "Cultural similarities and robust bilateral arrangements" also undergird the "unique bilateral partnership" that Australia describes as "mateship.
95% : But Canberra and Washington have "very different capabilities, policy priorities, and political tolerance for accepting costs and risks in the China relationship," Townshend added.
92% : Caught in that crowd was a team of Australian journalists, whose beating by US police was broadcast into Australian homes and drew an official complaint.
92% : "They've hedged in the sense that they've placed two very different bets, but they've bet the farm on both of them.
92% : And it's not possible for them both to work out well in this environment," Jackson said on a recent episode of his podcast.
87% : "When I worked in the Pentagon [during the Obama administration] we generally thought of Australia as our closest ally in the world, and there was stiff competition for that title at the time," Jackson added.
87% : "At the same time, Australia has not been well served by the Trump administration's hyper-confrontational stance towards China on COVID-19," including its unproven theories about pandemic's origins, Townshend added.
86% : While most Australians supported partnering with the US and other democracies to promote security in the region, only 40% agreed that "Australia should act in accordance with our security alliance with the United States if it means supporting military action in the Middle East, for example, against Iran," down eight points from 2013.
86% : Australia's call in late April for an independent review into the origins of the pandemic drew backlash from Beijing, which accused Canberra of following Washington's lead.
86% : Despite recent strains in the relationship, the US and Australian continue to work closely together, particularly on security matters.
86% : Muraviev said in an interview.
85% : " That was up five points from 2019, but Australians also widely rejected Trump's "America First" policies, such as tariffs on imports or withdrawing from international agreements.
85% : " Beijing has also slapped tariffs on Australian goods and purportedly conducted a months-long cyberattack against Australia's government and businesses.
84% : "One chair is called our security and strategic concerns about China as a strategic counterweight to the United States, and the other chair is called China is our number one trading partner, and there are too many eggs in that basket."
83% : "But Australia is disgusted with us, and its policymakers increasingly see us as unreliable."
80% : Rising tensions between the US and China, increasingly characterized as a cold war, have stoked debate within Australia about its positioning between the US, a major ally, and China, its largest trading partner.
80% : A more robust China policy, focused on boosting national sovereignty and resilience, is a common goal and one that "will drive a high degree cooperation.
76% : "I can't think of a scenario where the US-Australia alliance fractures but the US ties with Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and New Zealand remain in good stead," Jackson said.
74% : Those strains have been felt acutely in Australia, a country already wary of Trump, which is now increasingly at odds with both the US and China.
72% : "It's really a jarring scene for a lot of Australians who have a cultural affinity with the US.
68% : One Chinese state-media outlet called Australia "a giant kangaroo that serves as a dog to the US.
68% : China's effort to "recast Australia's independent call for a COVID-19 inquiry as 'doing Washington's bidding' is designed to discredit Canberra and put the government in a difficult diplomatic position," Ashley Townshend, director of foreign policy and defense at the United States Studies Center, said in an email at the end of May.
67% : "Australia, as a middle power, is far more concerned about preserving the overall health of a multilateral regional order than the current White House appears to be."
66% : "I think that a lot of people either looked up to the US in a moral sense or looked to the US for protection, and I think a lot of people watching the scenes will now question whether the US can provide that leadership," Heath said.
63% : Polling done in March by Australia's Lowy Institute found just 30% of Australians had some or a lot of confidence that Trump would "do the right thing regarding world affairs.
63% : Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's prime minister from 2015 to 2018, recently told Business Insider that the US has less influence around the world now than it did prior to Trump's presidency, "in large part because under his presidency, the US has sought to have less influence.
60% : I think that seemed like a very profoundly sad moment to watch," Ryan Heath, an Australian journalist who works in the US, said of the incident on a June 3 episode of the Politico Dispatch podcast.
59% : The Trump administration's confrontational approach at home and abroad have tarnished the US's standing with one of its most important allies: Australia. President Donald Trump's poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic and hardline response to widespread protests against systemic racism and police brutality have further dismayed Australians who were already wary of Trump's leadership and done so at a time when Canberra is struggling to deal with China.
59% : A dossier supposedly compiled by Western governments and cited by Australian media as supporting that claim raised concerns in Canberra that the US was promoting inaccurate information.
51% : "The US-Australia alliance is the most strained it's been in my lifetime, maybe ever," Van Jackson, a senior lecturer in international relations at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, said in an email days after the events in Lafayette Park.
50% : "Losing Australian support would hobble America's ability to compete with China outside of Northeast Asia," Jackson said, adding that alienating Australia would almost certainly mean losing the goodwill of other Asian allies and partners.
49% : While many so-called middle powers have hedged between the US and China, seeking to work with both and spurn neither, Australia's deep ties to the US and economic reliance on China put it in a precarious position.
47% : Reservations about Trump are not new in Australia.
43% : "Part of the frustration that I think some experts in Australian security and defense communities have is the government is trying to sit on two chairs."
38% : "Washington must protect the integrity of the shared information landscape -- and allow Canberra's independent voice to ring through" if Australia is to resist Beijing's efforts to paint it as a US lackey, Townshend said.
35% : Polling by Australia's United States Study Center in July 2019 found that just 20% of Australians said they'd prefer Trump win a second term and that Australians by a 2-to-1 margin preferred a Democrat beat Trump in the 2020 election.
31% : Those domestic and foreign tensions were joined in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House, on June 1, when law enforcement forcefully dispersed a crowd of protesters, allowing Trump to take part in a photo op at a nearby church.
31% : "The problem for us here in Australia is the government needs to make up its mind," said Alexey Muraviev, a professor focused on security studies at Curtin University in Perth.
30% : "At that point, the United States will either have no meaningful strategic position in the Pacific outside Hawaii and Guam, or the United States itself will be a menace to the region."
29% : The response to the coronavirus pandemic, for which Australians have given US and Chinese leaders poor marks, has contributed to a sense in Australia that it is caught between the two powers.
29% : Canberra has resisted efforts to push an unsubstantiated claim, touted by the US, that the coronavirus was developed in a Chinese lab.
28% : Australia's location is valuable to the US, which operates a satellite surveillance base at Pine Gap in Central Australia and regularly deploys Marines to Darwin in north-central Australia.
21% : The US and Australia have overlapping strategic objectives in the region, but their interests and threat perceptions regarding China "are by no means symmetrical," Townshend said.
15% : But fraying bilateral relations would have consequences for the US's strategic position in the region.

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