White additionally contends that we now have some profound underlying issues with the federal government position, too. The Prime Minister keeps insisting that Australia has not changed its place on Asia, and recommended it simply really wants to return to the great days of the past of “win-win” that characterised the Howard age. Except Australia changed. Our policies have actually changed: witness the undertake the Parliament this week of regulations permitting the government to scuttle Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative agreement with Asia and discounts between Asia and universities that are australian.
And Asia changed, too. Its now a massive energy in the spot. This week, former China correspondent and Lowy Institute senior fellow Richard McGregor posed the bigger question of “whether the Government’s approach to Australia’s biggest foreign policy challenge is working” in the Financial Review. He contends persuasively so it wants to re-establish dialogue to discuss political and trade differences, and that ain’t happening that it clearly isn’t, given the Government keeps signalling to Beijing.