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On 9 February, ANU's Dr John Blaxland likened Australia's security dilemma to walking a tightrope while balancing on the one hand its economic relationship with China and on the other its security relationship with the United States.
Speaking to an audience of nearly 100 USI of the ACT members and guests at the Australian Defence College, Blaxland gave a wide-ranging assessment of Australia's security challenges. He described in depth China's growing assertiveness in the face of receding US influence in the region and canvassed the concerns arising for Australia from the early indicators of the Trump era. He argued in part that the 2016 Defence White Paper's emphasis on a rules-based global order is misplaced, and that Australia should instead re-focus on its more immediate region.
This presentation is the first of a series in the ACT that will explore Australia's security in the region.
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