Australia remains tightly tucked in the US embrace

The US alliance has become a way of life for Australia and this is a strategic gamble, possibly the greatest in the history of Australia’s relations with the world.

Australian PM Anthony Albanese (second from left) with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of a Quad summit in Tokyo in May. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Australia's fraught journey with China continues. Elected two months ago, the government of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese now wrestles with harsh strategic realities and new diplomatic possibilities.

Coming to office, Mr Albanese and his ministers moved quickly to strike a new tone for Australian diplomacy. They declared Asean centrality as the lodestar of their regional approach and moved to assuage anxieties in the Pacific over China's reach and climate change.

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