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Australia should yield neither to Xi nor Trump – Sydney Morning Herald

The US is inviting Australia to join a dangerous campaign against China. We can stand up to China without backing Donald Trump’s self-serving campaign for re-election.

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He offered US policy on the South China Sea as an example: “We reversed, two weeks ago, eight years of cheek-turning with respect to international law in the South China Sea.”
This was a reference to a US statement that rejected as “unlawful” China’s claims to huge swathes of the sea. Pompeo called for action. He didn’t explicitly call for the overthrow of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule. The call was there, nonetheless: “We, the freedom-loving nations of the world, must induce China to chan…

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