Southeast Asia And Australia
The region stretches from the Indochinese Peninsula through the Indonesian archipelago all the way to Australia, forming the dividing line between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. This area is very diverse – geographically, culturally and historically. What the region’s countries have in common is their largest trading partner: China. Beijing’s assertive policymaking is the most important strategic issue in the region.
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Australia navigates Sino-American tensions
After elections in May, Australia’s new government must decide how to balance its ties with the United States and China. The economic relationship with China is paramount, but Australia also has interests in the security of its immediate neighborhood and shares a great deal with the U.S. The trade war and broader rivalry between the U.S. China trade war will present Australia with tough choices about its regional orientation.